Outrage as nude pics of sportswomen LEAKED online days after landmark Lionesses victory

The pictures that began circulating after the historic win of England over Germany, are a clear attempt to undermine the success of women's sport

Outrage as nude pics of sportswomen LEAKED online days after landmark Lionesses victory
The victim of the act includes a sports star, who is competing in the commonwealth games (Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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Four well-celebrated British female athletes have had their explicit and private pictures stolen from their devices and leaked on the Internet. The pictures got leaked and circulated on social media just days after England Lionesses’ historic Euro Cup victory over Germany.

Naked and explicit pictures of high-achieving women are being shared on WhatsApp without their consent. The victim of the act includes a sports star, who is competing in the commonwealth games. While one of the stars is a celebrated former Lionesses, another is an active Women’s super league player. There are some more unidentifiable faces featured in the pictures who appear to be either teammates or close friends of the star.

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The pictures that began circulating after the historic win of England over Germany, have been taken in some private places that appear to be hotel rooms or showers areas. However, the mystery of how the pictures became public is still a mystery, all stars are taking strict steps to get the intimate images and videos removed from the dark web.

Many social media users received explicit pictures, one of which said: "They all came together just before the Euro final. It is an obvious attempt to undermine the successes of women's sport, which has become so successful recently. It's sad that someone decided to start this during the Euros when the Lionesses have done so well."

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Caroline Nokes, chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, called out the criminal offense and lashed out at the users who shared the pictures. The Conservative MP said: "When you're in the middle of competing on the sporting stage you should be able to focus on what you're doing, not have to put up with this sexist behavior."

Nokes added: "When our female sports stars demonstrate that they are outperforming men, they should not have to put up with this tawdry objectification. We have made such massive progress with equality, yet when push comes to shove it reminds us that we are still repeatedly objectified. Still, they are talked about not for what they've achieved but for how they look."

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A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre also responded to the criminal attack and described it as 'utterly reprehensible.' They said: "Accessing and then leaking people's 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."

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"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," they added. 

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