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3/17/2011 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vanessa Hudgens met with law enforcement today over nude photos and video that were hacked from her Gmail account, and TMZ has learned authorities believe as many as 50 other celebrities may be victims as well.

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Sources tell us ... the FBI is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into a ring of hackers, and agents believe all 50 celebs trace back to one person -- possibly the ringleader.

Sources say one of the other celebs is Scarlett Johansson, who had a nude picture hacked from her iPhone.

The ring has been hocking some of the photos and video to various Internet sites and others, but we're told the primary motivation is not money -- it's the thrill of hacking.

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61.

MoonDust    

why so much spam TMZ?

1284 days ago
62.

K-LO    

That's why old school photography was better/safer than digital. If it was old school the photos would most likely be locked up in a safe somewhere. Not in an easily hackable email. These days no one & nothing is untouchable.

1284 days ago
63.

Sherms    

DUMBARSE IDIOTS...STOP TAKING NAKED PICTURES OF YOURSELVES IF YOU WORRY ABOUT THEM GETTING OUT. Man, these celebrities, that people seem to be in awe of, are incredibly stupid. You get what you deserve, and if you're going to be an idiot...well, you can finish that statement.

1284 days ago
64.

Kiko    

Yes, please. Let's get as many law enforcement people involved in this as possible. I just love knowing that so many cops and DA's are spending our resources going after nonsense like this. In fact, they should raise our taxes so we can pay to have her tattered hymen repaired so she won't have to suffer the indignity of no longer being a virgin. So all you bleeding heart types can go on and worry about the people in Japan, but just know this; there are C-List celebs IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD with battered vulvas and no gag reflex that need our help also...

1284 days ago
65.

Name:    

The word on the net is that it was the hackers over at EON8

1284 days ago
66.

Dennis Johnson    

I agree 100% with #3.

1284 days ago
67.

QueenBCici Lakeland,FLORIDA & LKPT NY    

u know what?! mayb they deserve it... STOP TAKING NUDE PHOTOS OF URSELF AND PUTTING THEM ON A COMPUTER...THEY WERE NT ON THE COMPUTER 2 BEGIN WITH MAYB THEY SLD HV STAYED N UR LIL CAMERA.. SHES A SKANK

1284 days ago
68.

DizzKid    

Tax payers money at it's best. <_<

@67 Filipino Women. Looks nasty on the outside, but feel good in the inside. :D

1284 days ago
69.

dylan    

Wait...tmz, there are Scarlett Johannsen nude pics out there somewhere that were hacked?!?! You gots to get these for us! Good lord, somebody's been holding out. Those would be a gold mine. PLEAAASEEE TMZ!!!!

1284 days ago
70.

Steve    

Perhaps celebs just shouldn't take naked pictures of themselves..............?

ENS Ltd

1284 days ago
71.

captn moonlight    

Here's the situation, the internet (as we know it today) has been around for at least 15 years, someone like Vanessa Hudgens, doesn't know life w/o it, so if you are a young hollywood hottie (and Vanessa is hot) you have three choices, 1) take nudie pics and DON'T bitch when they hit the net 2)take them and post them on your twitter (or whatever) or 3) KEEP YOUR FLIPPIN' clothes on!

It is strange to me that these pics get "leaked" when Vanessa has a movie due to come out.

1284 days ago
72.

Doug    

Maybe these idiot actors/actresses will smarten up and think "gee, maybe its Not a good idea that I take nude photos of myself with my Iphone" But considering its Vanessa Hudgens who has the brains of a pea, I doubt she will EVER smarten up...

1284 days ago
73.

Wayniac917    

YahooMail's encryption algorithm was hacked awhile back and it was very easy to get into a total stranger's email account with only their username. Gmail should of double checked their system after the flaw was made public.

1284 days ago
74.

Scudrunner51    

I Totally agree with #1...Putting onself Naked anywhere on the Web is Bound to be seen by Everyone! Personally I think it's a ploy to get attention....like when they go to resturants where all the Paparazzi hang out then pretend to 'Hide' their face & run to their car....Yeah Right! They want the attention. But not all 'stars' as I've seen several at lesser places where they can live normal lives & sometimes get caught by a TMZ crew...

1284 days ago
75.

Alexa    

Not surprised about the naked picture. Scarlett Johansson's nothing but a Ho.

1284 days ago
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