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FBI reportedly to investigate hacking, doxxing of "Ghostbusters" and "Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones

Sources tell TMZ that the investigation is likely already underway


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 25, 2016 6:44PM (UTC)

TMZ is reporting that the FBI is opening an investigation into the hacking and doxxing of "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the FBI will employ technology to track those who hacked into her iCloud and cell phone, as well as those who posted nude photographs and videos of the slain gorilla Harambe on her website.

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The site was quickly removed, but by that point hackers had already begun to disseminate the material. It is unclear whether the investigation will occur in California or New York, but if it is the former, Governor Jerry Brown did sign an "anti-revenge porn" bill in 2013 that was designed to protect those victimized as Jones was.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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