Bella Throne will not be bullied by cybercriminals.
Stealing private photographs of celebrities and threatening to post them online unless they give in to the demands of the hacker has become a common norm among cybercriminals for making quick bucks. But, not all the celebs could be intimidated and Bella Thorne is one of them.
Reportedly, topless pictures of singer and actress Bella Thorne were stolen by a hacker after hacking her Twitter account on Friday. The hacker also posted several tweets from Thorne’s Twitter handle, some of which contained racist comments while Thorne’s profile picture was also replaced with a man’s picture. The hacker then contacted her and threatened to release the pictures online.
Bella Thorn decided to teach the hacker a lesson and posted the images herself on her Twitter account with a message for the hacker, which read:
“For the last 24 hours, I have been threatened with my own nudes. I feel gross. I feel watched, I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see.”
“I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
Bella Thorn also posted screenshots of the text messages exchanged between her and the hacker. She noted that she isn’t as helpless as the hacker thinks.
The hacker’s tweets were later deleted by the 21-year old actress and the man’s picture on the profile was also changed. Bella Thorn claims that the hacker possesses nude pictures of many other celebs. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, she stated that the hacker is most probably a juvenile and perhaps has no idea of the consequences of his actions.
“This kid sounds like he’s 17, as much as I’m so angry and wanted to fuck him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson. He’s still a kid and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass,” said Thorne.
Fuck u and the power u think you have over me. I’m gonna write about this in my next book??? pic.twitter.com/0Ep0iXgW51
— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) June 15, 2019
She further added that the hacker is quite skilled and he can easily use his knowledge for helping out the community, which sadly he isn’t currently doing.
“…If he got on the right side of the tracks he could actually possibly help our community and be an alliance. You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides,” stated Thorne.
Bella Thorne’s Twitter handle has over 6.6 million followers, so, it is indeed a gutsy decision to post her nudes online. With this incident, Bella Thorne has joined the list of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Aubrey Plaza who had faced a similar situation some time back.
This is not the first time when a celebrity has decided not to be bullied by cybercriminals. Last week, the popular British band Radiohead said that it is releasing unheard recordings of its Ok Computer album after it suffered a cyber attack in which an unknown hacker demanded $150,000 in exchange for the material and threatened the band members to release their yet unheard recordings to the public.
However, the band members decided to release the recordings themselves on Bandcamp instead of giving into the hacker’s demand of paying the ransom.