Nude Heather Morris pictures – hacker blamed

Heather Morris as Glee character BrittanyHeather Morris, famous for playing cheerleader Brittany in the popular “Glee” TV show, is said to be the latest celebrity to have had nude photos leak onto the web.

The naked pictures are alleged to have been stolen by hackers from the 25-year-old actress’s mobile phone.

Of course, Heather Morris isn’t the first celebrity to have fallen victim to a nude photo hacker.

Nude photos and videos of Vanessa Hudgens, the star of “High School Musical”, surfaced on the net in 2011, after it was claimed the actress’s Gmail account was hacked.

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Other famous victims of hacking have included Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

Scarlett Johansson, Vanessa Hudgens, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus

In November 2011, Christopher Chaney of Florida pleaded not guilty to hacking into the email and cellphones of some 50 people, including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis. He has claimed he was driven by “addiction” and apologised for his actions, but denied selling private celebrity photographs to websites and magazines.

There’s no suggestion that Chaney is involved in the latest incident involving Heather Morris.

Last week, “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks denied that a topless photo circulating on the internet was of her, but did claim that her phone had indeed been hacked.

Whenever one of these stories hits the social networks, there are inevitably thousands of hot-blooded men who turn to internet search engines, hoping to find the explicit photos.

And, equally predictably, there are often cybercriminals waiting to exploit the trending topic – disguising their malware to appear as if it is a sleazy picture or movie. Remember the Erin Andrews peephole video, for instance?

So, be on your guard.

Celebrity websites might be wise to take some advice too. Remember if you publish photographs that have been hacked from the phones or email accounts of celebrities you are, effectively, handling stolen goods… and committing a crime yourselves.

And finally, here’s my recommendation to every Hollywood actor/actress, rapper and TV reality star. Cut it out and keep it in your wallet:

Cut-out-and-keep reminder

In fact, this is good advice for anyone to remember who finds themselves naked with a camera pointed at them, or is considering taking a self portrait before remembering to put on their clothes.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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