Week passed, and here comes the fourth wave of celebrity photos leak, revealing its first male victim. As part of the Fappening 4, 24-year-old Nick Hogan, the son of ex-wrestler Hulk Hogan has become the first male celebrity to fall victim to the leak of private and candid images.
The first three 'celebs photos leak' usually have included the naked images of female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne and others. But the latest celebrity photos leak include the private and intimate pictures of Nick Hogan.
Among the victims of the most recent leak were actress Winona Ryder, 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton, singer Ingrid Michaelson, and a gaggle of foreign models and commercial actors whose selfies are reported to have been widely shared on social networks.
According to multiple news outlets, this recent surge of celebrity photos were published on Thursday as the latest "Fappening" subreddit sprung up on Reddit. However, Reddit and 4Chan closed the forum titled Fappening and banned celebrity naked photo leak under threat of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices.
The biggest victims seem to be The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, whose 147 personal images (all fully-clothed) leaked online, as well as indie actress Zoe Kazan, whose 43 personal images leaked.
The Fappening 4 comes just four days after a Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer – who represents more than a dozen targeted celebrities – issued Google with a threat to sue for $100 million if the images were not removed.
In response to the legal action, Google made a move to delete "tens of thousands of pictures" and "closed hundreds of accounts" following Singer's request. But, it is yet to be known if Google will be removing the newly leaked celebs images.
The lawyer's letter claims they've sent Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation notices to Google multiple times over the past month to "remove the unlawful images," but countless celebrities images nonetheless remain on Google-owned websites such as BlogSpot and YouTube.
"Google knows that the Images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims' privacy rights and basic human decency by stealing and displaying confidential private photos and videos (most of which depict the women in private settings, while or semi, engaging in private intimate conduct) without the permission of the owners of the Images," said the letter. "Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations, or to limit the Images from appearing in Google search results."
The photo scandal appears to be part of the massive leak that first began in August and has continued with three more Fappenings. The first celebrity photo leak victimized Jenny McCarthy, Rihanna, Kristin Dunst, Kate Upton, the American actress Mary E Winstead, and the Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.
The second edition of the massive celeb photos leak related to the celebrities intimate-images including Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and others were leaked online by an unknown hackers. The naked pictures were allegedly retrieved due to a "brute force" security flaw in Apple's iCloud file storage service. However, Apple investigated the matter and confirmed there had been a "very targeted attack" on certain celebrities, rather than a widespread security breach affecting all users.
The Fappening 3 released just two weeks ago that included 55 more photos of a three-time Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence hit the Internet once again, among American Olympic gold medallist Misty May Treanor and actors Alexandra Chando, Kelli Garner and Lauren O'Neil.
The Fappening incident is currently under FBI investigation. There is also the possibility that the celebrity photos may have come from different sources. But whatever the source would be, this never ending massive privacy breach of high-profile celebrities once again questioned the security and privacy of users online data.