Gigi Hadid is being blackmailed by iCloud hackers, refuses to pay

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The hack is back, this time, the victim is model and Taylor Swift squad member Gigi Hadid. The 20-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel, who snubbed Tay’s ex, 1D’s Harry Styles on the AMA red carpet on Sunday (while rocking a faux bob, by the way) is the latest celebrity to find her private photos and videos in the wrong hands. According to TMZ, a group of hackers – not sure if they are the same ones responsible for last year’s hack that released “not for public consumption” photos of celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Upton – were able to access Gigi’s private content from her iCloud account.

The group is demanding money to keep the photos and videos away from the public, but Gigi refuses to give into her blackmailers’ demands. She’s already contacted the authorities and hired a private security company to try to get to the bottom of this sticky situation. Let’s hope some luck has rubbed off on Gigi from BFF Taylor, as hackers tried to get some dirt on her, to no avail.

These hackers are awful. It’s harassment. Yes, she’s a Victoria’s Secret model, but her private pics should stay private – and I hope she tracks down these hackers and exposes them for the scumbags they are.

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  1. NewWester says:

    It is stories like this that make me very wary of iCloud and similar programs.

    • Jwoolman says:

      iCloud makes me nervous also, even though in my case the hackers would just get a lot of pictures of naked cats and game screenshots….

      • Ayra. says:

        I heard you can turn it off, I’d suggest using a different app to store photos and music (I personally use Dropbox). Although, I get why you would be uncomfortable…

      • Felice. says:

        I hope hackers enjoy my grocery lists on my icloud since I don’t have my photos part of icloud

      • Snazzy says:

        that’s why I don’t use it! I turned it off and back up everything to my computer, and back up my computer onto an external hard drive. A bit more work, it’s true, but I’d rather not have my stuff out there

    • Saphana says:

      every security expert i talked to said: every digital information is hackable. its only a matter of time. with encryption you can buy a lot of time but its still not impossible.

      • Zip says:

        100 years would do.

      • Aurelia says:

        I got a prompt on my computer insisting virtually that I establish an I Cloud account. I thought piss off. I don’t need one and besides I have an external hard drive. Anybody who has one is crazy.

    • Talie says:

      I refuse to sign up for it. And yet the IPhone setup makes it almost impossible to avoid, but you can.

    • MoochieMom says:

      Dropbox is a million times worse than iCloud. I back things up to home computers and encrypt it. My husband it in IT security and when he found out I was using dropbox he went ape poop on me. I selectively use icloud (music, games, nothing personal). I also have a laptop where I keep my important things and a cloud backup that is not iCloud.

    • Vizia says:

      I am a health professional and have patient info on my computer/devices, and I refuse to use any cloud-based tech–it’s all backed up and encrypted at home. Apps like LinkedIn and Facebook can scrape your address book for contact lists which is why I don’t use them (and why you find surprising people in the “people you may know” sections of those apps.)

  2. LadyMTL says:

    Good for her for refusing to pay, and I hope that the investigation does track down some of these hackers.

  3. Ayra. says:

    Wait, so they didn’t find the hackers responsible for the last leak? Jeez.

    • Annie says:

      I think it was a collection of many people. From real hackers, to AT&T employees, to Apple employees, who swapped pictures in a private group online. Pictures of any women. A lot of them turned out to be famous. And they ended up sharing them for the world to see.

  4. Mimz says:

    This is terrible. In my country nowadays it’s not even hackers we need to worry about, it’s friends who take your phone and send the pictures to themselves and spread them through whatsap, and we don’t even have proper legislation to prosecute these people. Reputations, jobs are being lost because people are drinking too much, cheating and engaging in lewd behavior and having it all on camera.
    Anyway all of this to say, I am sorry for Gigi and hope the can get to the bottom of this.

    • Zip says:

      I would not call those people “friends”.

      • Izzy says:


        Also, lock your phones with a passcode so they have a harder time at least accessing it if these “friends” do get their hands on it.

      • Mimz says:

        Definitely not friends. But people who pass as friends, for sure. I don’t take naked pics, or anything that compromises me (anymore) but then again, I’m even scared of going on a date with someone i don’t know, and they are secretly filming me …
        Nobody’s safe these days.

  5. Jwoolman says:

    Still find it amusing that the ripped-pants look is still in style. Here I was a fashion leader and didn’t even know it, just because I’m not good with a sewing needle and get way too attached to old clothes. How do they keep them from continuing to rip until there’s nothing left to hold a thread?

  6. Dewdrop says:

    It doesn’t matter if she is a doctor or a prosititue, private is private.

  7. Liz says:

    Its criminal. The men doing this are such entitled scum, that they think they can hack someone’s private information and then blackmail them with no consequences for them.

    I hope they find them and they get prosecuted because if they leak you know some people are just going to blame her for anything private on the phone going on the web.

  8. Swack says:

    Why would anyone put anything on ICloud that you do not want or there for public conception after last year’s hack? No one should have to deal with this but if we have not learned anything from all the different hacks, Sony, ICloud, etc it is that one should be careful with were one stores sensitive information,

    • Zip says:

      ITA. Either don’t take pics you don’t want the public to see or don’t use any cloud services.

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I hope her private security team is able to find out who did it, and that the authorities will take it more seriously than they do credit card fraud. If not, it will never stop.

    • MoochieMom says:

      I don’t back any sensitive info up to iCloud. USB drives etc are easy back up methods.

    • MoochieMom says:

      Credit card fraud in the US is handled by the FBI and Secret Service. Her private security team can’t touch what they can get to. Is it different overseas?

  10. Naya says:

    I saw some comments on a serious site left by a bunch of guys who actually seek out hacked nude photos. They were arguing that Jennifer Lawrences new movie didnt match previous box office results because she fought back against her leak. Too much scum on planet Earth.

    • INeedANap says:

      Christ, they’re narcissistic. It didn’t make as much money because word of mouth was not good and this is the least-favorite book of the series. She is still making bank and has Joy coming up.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      They need to believe they’re more powerful and impkrtant when they know deep in their heart they aren’t.

  11. Lucy says:

    These people are sick POS. Good for her on not giving in.

  12. INeedANap says:

    It’s more than harassment, it’s misogyny. We can’t run away fast enough from unwanted d!ck pics, but there are groups of men specifically targeting women like this.

    Stay strong, Gigi.

  13. Miss M says:

    ops… Double post

  14. Isa says:

    i feel very bad for her. No one deserves this.

    I can’t even get into my own cloud much less someone else’s.

  15. Miss M says:

    Unbelievable… Can’t these people use their intelligence for something good?
    Good on Gigi for not let them blackmail her.

    • j.eyre says:

      Yes, I like her strong stance and I hope these scumbags get what they deserve, which is for all of their photos and web browsing history to be turned over and put on the internet for all to see.

      And I should get what I deserve, which is that fabulous cape!

    • Holmes says:

      No, they can’t. The neckbeards who do this do so because they neckbeards who live in their mothers’ basements, have never seen a naked female body in the flesh, and likely never will.

  16. Lou says:

    Harry and Taylor are friends so the whole snubbing thing is BS. Harry offered her a handshake v a hug and if you see it from a different angle he is the only band member to say good bye to her when they other buys walked off.

    Apparently Gigi is dating Zayn Malik — a pr stunt if ever there was. If it’s real then she should run as fast as she can. He treats women so badly

    • Cammy says:

      How do you know he treats women bad? he was a 18-19-20 year old popstar in a relationship while women were throwing themselves at him. His mistake was being in a serious relationship in the first place. I think you would have a hard time finding a guy that age who wouldn’t step out if they didn’t see their girlfriend for long stretches and had wine throwing themselves at them.. People forget how young he was during that relationship. It’s not like he’s knocking on forty like Chris Martin.
      he never dumped Perry by text. Little mix have used that story to gather attention and sympathy for their group. He just said its not true. Essentially I don’t think he’s worse than the rest of that group, but because he left the group and his girlfriend he’s been painted as the bad guy.

      If he’s dating Gigi they would make a ridiculously good looking couple.

  17. Gfggh says:

    The reason why they couldnt get any ‘dirt’ on Taylor in the first place is because she doesent have any nude photos in the first place, not ‘luck’ Gigi on the other hand…

  18. Cee says:

    I’m not a model or anyone famous, and I still refuse to use iCloud. I go old school with my photos/videos and keep them in an external drive. However, good on Gigi for not paying and fighting back. These scumbags need to be hunted.

    • knower says:

      me too. I don’t use icloud. People are being stupid about their privacy for the sake of convenience.

  19. Veronica says:

    The best thing she can do is to say “f*ck it” and refuse to pay. They’d release the photos regardless, and she has nothing to be ashamed of. They’re the criminals, not her.

  20. word says:

    She didn’t snub him. She shook his hand and said hi and they smiled and said bye at the end of the interview. How is that snubbing?

  21. Pineapple says:

    I think all celeb are mentally prepared for this to happen to them at some stage. The smart ones have got to be. So why the heck does she have private photos on iCloud? She should be using a locked down phone with no automatic link to the cloud.

    Aside, she’s not a very good model. Good body and better than her sister but they’re both blah.

  22. Lily says:

    This is a horrible, bitchy comment but… I wish I thought she was pretty. She’s a big thing right now and I just do not find her attractive. She resembles LeAnn Rimes to me..