FOUR female British athletes have had explicit pictures and videos stolen from their phones and leaked online.
The shocking incident happened on the same night that Manchester United were hacked by ‘organised criminals’.
The four unnamed female stars are considering their next move to get the intimate images and videos removed from the dark web.
An agent of one of the victims told The Times: “It really is difficult to know what to do next.
“The people who do this are sick.
“We have seen some very unpleasant cases, even where people have been blackmailed over [stolen] material.
“But it’s not easy to get a grip on the situation and go after them.
“It can take years to pursue, just to get it taken down from the internet.
“As a victim you have to decide if you want to go through it.”
It has been described as an iCloud leak, but could have also occurred as a result of phishing.
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One of the British athletes had nearly 100 images stolen while another had more than 30 pictures and videos leaked.
A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre described the attack as ‘utterly reprehensible’.
They said: “Accessing and then leaked people’s personal data is utterly reprehensible, and we would urge everyone to take steps to secure their online accounts.
“The NCSC recommends people turn on two-factor authentication where it’s available.
“We also recommend a strong password made up of three random words to reduce the likelihood of being hacked, and important accounts should use a unique password.
“The NCSC’s Cyber Aware website has actionable steps to stay secure.”
The athletes are among hundreds of female sports stars and celebs who have been targeted by hackers.
Former golf professional Paige Spiranac has spoken out on the horrendous experience of having a nude photo leaked.
Stunning sports journalist Diletta Leotta also blasted hackers who posted nude pictures of her online which they nicked from her iCloud.
Manchester United have been hit by a cyber attack as hackers targeted the club’s IT systems.
The Red Devils confirmed they were the victims of a “sophisticated operation by organised criminals”.