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Scarlett Johansson alleges hacking; FBI confirms celeb-focused probe

September 14, 2011 |  3:05 pm

Scarlett Johansson has enlisted the FBI after she says nude pictures of her were hacked

Amid reports of nude pictures of Scarlett Johansson allegedly hacked from her cellphone, FBI officials Wednesday confirmed a "continuing probe" into "a series of computer intrusions" targeting celebrities.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller would not say how many people had been victimized or give specifics about the length of the investigation, the nature of the hacks or how many suspects were involved.

"I can confirm that the FBI is investigating a series of computer intrusions targeting high-profile figures," Eimiller said.

A flurry of reports that young celebrities were being victimized by hackers, who had somehow obtained compromising images off their computers, email accounts or cellphones, first surfaced in March.

But at the time, FBI officials would not confirm or deny whether they had opened an investigation into those cases, which reportedly numbered into the dozens.

There were reports Wednesday of multiple nude images being taken from Johansson's cellphone that ended up on the Internet. FBI officials would not say whether the actress was one of the celebrities in the probe.


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Photo: Scarlett Johansson at the 2011 Academy Awards.

Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times