Scarlett Johansson slammed the naked photos phone hack which saw pictures of her posing nude leaked across the net. The star is one of more than 50 Hollywood women to have their phones accessed and information stolen by an unknown group of hackers.
The actress was interviewed on CNN in her first public appearance since the incident and used the opportunity to stand up for her right to a private life.
Johansson has admitted taking the naked pictures of herself – one of which shows her topless, the other her naked bottom. The veracity of the images was already suspected as wallpaper in the background matches that in previously seen pictures of her bedroom.
Talking on the US chat show, Johansson says she feels “wronged” that the pictures were seen by the public.
“Who doesn't want to protect their own privacy?” she said.
“Just because you’re an actor or make films or whatever doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy.”
Johansson has made a point of never appearing completely naked in any of her films.
She has contacted the FBI over the phone hack and has threatened to sue anyone who publishes the photos.
The Lost In Translation star is one of 50 Hollywood celebrities thought to have had naked pictures stolen from their phones by a phone hacking ring. Other victims include Mila Kunis and Jessica Alba.
The FBI acknowledged the existence of an investigation into the hacking and said it meant to find "the person or groups responsible".
But who is the hacking group responsible for the tide of naked celebrity pictures for which the public’s appetite seems insatiable?
A possibility would have been Anonymous spin-off group the ‘Hollywood Hacks’.
This organisation has been blamed for a recent hack into the NBC News Twitter account, from which it posted false information that the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan was being attacked by terrorists.
Promising "Hollywood carnage", 'Hollywood Hacks' has previously targeted Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise and Ashley Green. Other celebrity information has been posted on pastebin.
However the group tweeted: “WE DID NOT LEAK THE SCARLETT JOHANSSON PICS, WE WOULD HAVE RELEASED IT HERE FIRST! So stop the speculating!”
According to tech site Gizmodo, there are several ways in which phones can be hacked.
"There's about as many ways to skim a phone as there are to skin a ginger seal," the site states.
A victim may accidentally give hackers access to photos by clicking on a malicious link. E-mails appearing to come from people you know may actually be fakes created by a hacker and if you follow the links, your phone can be hacked.