The online hack attack against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones is no laughing matter. In fact, the incident has become a national concern as Homeland Security steps into investigate. The invasion of Leslie Jones’ personal information and photos happened early Wednesday, and now the federal department has officially taken over the case. A DHS spokesperson had this to say on Thursday.
“ICE Homeland Security Investigations in New York does currently have an open investigation. As a matter of agency policy, we are unable to disclose any information related to an active investigation.”
The Feds weren’t open to saying much else on the investigation. This attack, which resulted in Leslie Jones’ personal website being taken down, came just one month after the comedian and actress suffered a similar attack carried out on her personal Twitter. The unidentified hackers were able to get into Leslie Jones’ private iCloud account earlier this week, where they grabbed personal information such as her passport, driver’s license and explicit personal photos. Soon after the iCloud was breached, these personal items were publicly shared on the SNL star’s website JustLeslie.com.
The attack was accompanied by derogatory imagery pointed towards Jones. Not long after the attack, JustLeslie.com was taken down and replaced by a GoDaddy holding page. A link to the site was subsequently removed from Jones’ twitter page. Leslie Jones has not posted anything to her twitter in the aftermath of this online attack.
The participation of the Department of Homeland Security suggests that this hack attack came from parties overseas. Deadline reports that the hack could be retaliation for Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos’ suspension from Twitter after it was discovered that he had a hand in the July attacks against Leslie Jones, just as Ghostbusters was opening in theaters. Milo Yiannopoulos did make a statement to the press, claiming he had nothing to do with this new hack against the comedian. He says this.
“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 after my review of Ghostbusters but I wish her all the best at what must be a deeply upsetting time.”
Before the attack occurred, Leslie Jones had served as both an online and on-air commentator for NBC during the Rio Olympics. At this time, nether Leslie Jones nor her Reps have responded to inquiries about the attack. Leslie Jones will return to SNL this fall, though it isn’t known if she’ll use this platform to address the attacks against her.