The hackers obtained photos from Jones’ iCloud account, including pictures of her passport and driver’s license as well as several nude pictures of Jones. Additionally, they posted a picture of the gorilla Harambe that was killed earlier this year when a child went into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The hacker posted the photos directly on her website, JustLeslie.com, which focused on her career and past works. Since then, her team has taken the website down. Unfortunately, what goes on the internet is hard to erase and the photos have been making the rounds on various sketchy sites.
Jones has previously been the victim of internet harassment. As one of the stars of the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Jones was hit with threats and racist tirades on Twitter.
Jones left Twitter in response, but made a comeback to talk about the Rio Olympics and stand up for gymnast Gabby Douglas, who was also the victim of cyberbullying. Twitter, for its part, has been accused of having not enough measure in place to deal with issues like these.
According to the New York Times, Sameer Hinduja of the Cyberbullying Research Center, Jones has been setting a good example for others.
“She was an advocate for others that have been victimized and haven’t spoken up, and that has led to more attention, and has, perhaps indirectly, led to a policy change on Twitter’s part,” he stated.
He went on to give some details about why cyberbullies do what they do. “Some of those that cyberbully attempt to identify something that you’re particularly sensitive about, and because they now that it will get under you skin, that it will inflame your emotions, they attempt to use it against you. Or they’re just biased and intolerant, as perhaps was the case considering the racial hatred in some of the attacks on Leslie Jones,” he added.
See, Leslie? Even if people suck and are sending you horrible messages, you are doing a great thing by using this as a time to lead others and set an example.