A collection of almost 200 private pictures of various celebrities containing nudity were posted on the imageboard 4chan, and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur, Reddit and Tumblr. The images were obtained when Apple's cloud services suite iCloud was breached.
Some of the celebrities include: Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Justin Verlander, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kaley Cuoco, Kirsten Dunst, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, Yvonne Strahovski, McKayla Maroney, Victoria Justice, and others.
Referred as "Celebgate" and "The Fappening", the event had received varied reactions from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their individuals, whether those photos where real or edited. Some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity.
The photos were being distributed privately for at least a couple weeks from the "deep web" before their public release.
The event marked the first release of leaked celebrity pictures with many more coming.