March 18, 2011 02:04:54 GMT
The FBI is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into a ring of hackers who has stolen photos and videos from almost 50 female celebrities, including Demi Lovato and Scarlett Johansson.
Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus are said to be among the celebrities targeted by a ring of hackers who is responsible for leaking nude pictures of Vanessa Hudgens. TMZ have just unveiled a partial list of the 50 female celebrities who had their computers and mobile devices compromised by the hackers, and the two teen stars were included.
The gossip site reported that Selena has had her devices hit by the ring, but it was not mentioned if any personal pictures of the "Wizards of Waverly Place" beauty has been stolen as well. Miley, however, has fallen in the list of celebrities who have their compromising photographs and video stolen from them.
FBI agents believe there were almost 50 female celebrities who have fallen victim to the hackers. In addition to Selena and Miley, another Disney darling Demi Lovato is also uncovered as a victim, and so do Ali Larter, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Busy Philipps, Emma Caulfield, Addison Timlin and Renee Olstead. Scarlett Johansson, in particular, reportedly had a nude photo stolen from her iPhone.
TMZ uncovered the list one day after Vanessa met with the FBI to investigate how her Gmail account got hacked after a series of her nude photos were leaked recently, and its connection to the stolen private pics of other Hollywood hotties. It was reported that on the Wednesday, March 16 meeting, the "Sucker Punch" actress spoke to the feds for about one hour.
An unnamed source claimed that the FBI are closing in to one ringleader, who has fingerprints on every job. It was further noted that money was not the primary motivation of the hackers. Instead, they were looking for the thrill and challenge. An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.