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Young Woman Victims Of Phone Hack
Young women throughout Lanarkshire claim they have become recent victims of a phone hacking scandal.
At least 15 young women have had private images taken from them without consent via smart phones and file sharing accounts.
The pictures have then later appeared online via another file sharing website.
It is believed that email and online storage accounts from smart phones have been tapped into, giving unauthorised people access to private photographs which were then made public.
Women, who are aged between 19-27 from Hamilton, Motherwell and the surrounding areas have been distraught after finding out that their private photos have been shared over the internet.
One woman said: “It was only yesterday I heard from a friend that there were private photos of me and other girls posted on some website that I had never heard of.
“When I found out I felt sick to my stomach. The photo was on my phone that was stolen a year ago and the email address had been hacked and the password has been changed, so I could not gain access to this.
“I got in contact with a few of the girls who were also affected by the hacking and one of them had her web-based storage account hacked and pictures were taken from there and posted on this site.”
The victim added: “I think it is ridiculous, something needs to be done. I feel more sorry for the people who are doing this.
“Myself and the other girls have joined together and are showing each other as much support as possible.
“I have now changed all my accounts and passwords and deleted my storage account. I will not be keeping any photos on my phone again.”
Others took social media to post about the hacking. One said: “This is so scary! Nothing is private nowadays.”
Another said: “So someone in the Lanarkshire area is trying to gain access to emails etc, please everyone be careful and turn off their photo sharing and location settings.”
The site has since been taken down.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We advise everyone to be extremely careful when sharing sensitive images on any form of social media.
“It is important to read the terms and conditions of all platforms. If anyone has been affected by this phone hacking, contact Police Scotland on 101 or visit your local station.”