Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones hacked, personal info and photos published

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones (Getty)
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones (Getty)

Comedian Leslie Jones has been victimised by online hate groups and had personal information and photos published online after being hacked.

The Ghostbusters star, who was targeted by trolls at the encouragement of alt-right figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, has shut down her website - justleslie.com - after the hackers took control of it to publish the stolen material.

The content reportedly included private nude photographs, her driver's license and passport information, racist memes, a video of Harambe the gorilla and Jones posing with celebrities like Rihanna, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

In July, Jones quit Twitter after being targeted with vicious, racist and misogynistic attacks, in a case that prompted a response from social network's CEO and the banning of Yiannopoulos. In the hack of Jones' website, references were made to that scandal, indicating it was carried out by his followers.

Yiannopoulos is a staff member of far-right wing, conservative website Breitbart, who has a large following online and is infamous as an anti-feminist #GamerGate leader.

While he has remained unapologetic about the racist and sexist abuse Jones has been subjected to, Yiannopoulos has released a statement about the hack.

"I'm distressed to hear that Leslie Jones has been hacked and naked pictures of her have been posted online. I know we had our differences ... but I wish her all the best at what must be a deeply upsetting time," says Yiannopoulos.

However, he also took to Snapchat to post other messages about the hack to his fans which have been interpreted as gloating about the attack.

Support for Jones has come via Twitter from her Ghostbusters director Paul Feig as well as several other stars including Katy Perry, Gabourey Sidibe, Lena Dunham, Patricia Arquette, Alyssa Milano, Ellen DeGeneres, Questlove, Kumail Nanjiani and Nia Vardalos.

The theft and posting of Jones' private naked photos is just the latest in a long list of similar violations of other female stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

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