The massive nude leak seems to be already fizzling out, but the celebrity victims won’t forget the humiliation and damage it caused anytime soon. Paige, whose sex tape and explicit photos were leaked last week, has finally spoken up about the pain she felt following the hacking.
In a lengthy, emotional statement on Tuesday, she admitted on Twitter that she made “a big mistake” in trusting someone who took advantage of a young girl years earlier. Paige, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, said that she would “always take responsibility” for the photos, but she was concerned about how her family would react.
“The one thing that was the hardest was thinking ‘my husband is gonna leave me’ [or] ‘my family will disown me’ but I’m blessed beyond words to have a family and a husband that stuck by me because they know who I am,” she explained. “They know I’m not a bad person and they held my hands through hell.”
As previously reported, the 24-year-old WWE star confirmed on her Twitter page last week that “personal and private photos” were shared publicly online without her consent. While she thought of hurting herself physically after the so-called Fappening 2.0 leak, People reports she now wants to use her pain to help others who have likewise been mistreated.
Check out her full statement below:
Invasion of Privacy
A day before Paige’s remark, fellow celebrity hacking victim Scarlett Johansson spoke out on the horror of revenge porn. She may have been excluded in this year’s photo hacking, but the Avengers actress had notably fallen victim to a similar scheme in 2011.
Speaking to Howard Stern on Monday, she said the nude leak six years ago “was absolutely shocking and devastating at the time.” According to her, having one’s privacy invaded like that is “a degrading and awful thing to do,” especially her who’s always in the public eye. But what’s more alarming is that doing such is actually not a difficult feat for hackers.
Johansson pointed out that hacking into one’s personal account is “a low-level hacking thing.” Indeed, crimes of revenge porn and sextortion are achievable even to cybercriminals who don’t have advanced hacking skills. Mic notes that people simply needs a computer and internet connection to carry out the type of hack which targeted many celebrities recently. And it’s not just them. The site claims roughly 10.4 million people in the US have been threatened or targeted with revenge porn.
Since the emergence of such schemes, tech companies have repeatedly advised the public to secure their personal accounts. Apple, for instance, reiterated this month to take advantage of their 2-factor authentication to prevent other people from accessing personal data unknowingly.