Hundreds of female sports stars and celebrities have had naked photos and videos stolen and leaked online in a ‘reprehensible’ cyber attack.
On the same night as Manchester United were hacked by ‘organised criminals’, four British athletes had their explicit content stolen from their phones and posted online.
The unnamed athletes are now considering their next move in an attempt to have the photos and videos removed from the internet.
“It really is difficult to know what to do next,” an agent of one of the athletes told The Times.
“The people who do this are sick.
“We have seen some very unpleasant cases, even where people have been blackmailed over [stolen] material.
“But it’s not easy to get a grip on the situation and go after them.
“It can take years to pursue, just to get it taken down from the internet. As a victim you have to decide if you want to go through it.”
One of the athletes reportedly had about 100 images stolen, while another had more than 30 pictures and videos leaked.
A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK said the attack was “utterly reprehensible”.
“Accessing and then leaked people’s personal data is utterly reprehensible, and we would urge everyone to take steps to secure their online accounts,” they said.
“The NCSC recommends people turn on two-factor authentication where it’s available.
“We also recommend a strong password made up of three random words to reduce the likelihood of being hacked, and important accounts should use a unique password.
“The NCSC’s Cyber Aware website has actionable steps to stay secure.”