The FBI is looking into who might have released nude photos allegedly hacked from the private cell phone of Scarlett Johansson, reports FoxNews.com, quoting an official from the bureau.
The photos in question surfaced online Wednesday, and TMZ reports that Johannson, 26, made the request that the FBI track down the perpetrators.
One photo, posted to website Buzzfeed.com (NSFW), seems to show Johansson draped in nothing but a towel, taking a photo of her exposed backside reflected in a mirror.
Another photo seems to show the Golden Globe-winning actress in a topless self-portrait. Meanwhile, Johansson will star in the upcoming Marvel teamup film, “The Avengers,” out next summer.
BuzzFeed’s poster Donna D. noted: “I spent more time than is probably healthy trying to figure out if these are legit. Call me skeptical but gifts like this don’t just fall out of the sky.”
“Then again, her iPhone was hacked in March with rumors of nude photos to be forthcoming,” she added.
Several other sites followed up with censored versions of the Johansson shots; the unstoppably curious can see the still-not-safe-for-work images here.
“The FBI is aware of the alleged hacking incident and is looking into it,” an FBI official told Fox News. Sources told website TMZ that the FBI would be contacted over what the ScarJo camp believed to be a criminal act.
The FBI is already investigating some 50 other celebrity email accounts that might also have been hacked, including those belonging to Vanessa Hudgens and Jessica Alba.
Vanessa Hudgens had previously been a victim of the alleged ring, with nude pictures said to have been hacked from her Gmail account also showing up online. According to TMZ, Hudgens met with law-enforcement authorities in March regarding the investigation.
Illegally accessed cellphone voice-mail messages – brought to light in part by actor Hugh Grant – were part of the scandal that brought down British tabloid the News of the World over the summer.
Three months ago, alleged hackers claimed to have nude photos of Blake Lively, whose rep was quick to threaten legal action against any website that made the photos public.
Other reported victims of hackers include Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Ali Larter and Miley Cyrus. [via Fox News]