Hackers threaten to release Emma Watson nude pictures in response to UN gender equality speech

Emma Watson had spoken to the UN about gender equality. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

A website is believed to be threatening the release of nude pictures of Emma Watson in a crude online countdown which is reportedly a reaction to her speech to the United Nations on gender equality.

At the weekend Watson spoke of her early experiences of being sexualised by parts of the media from a young age.

Emma Watson and Ban Ki-moon attend the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations in New York. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Although the countdown does not specifically say that naked pictures will be published the site is believed to have been made by members of the internet forum 4chan, who were behind the recent release of hacked pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.

US website Gawker quoted posts, since deleted, that appear to show the timing of the release is no accident and that the publication of pictures would be a direct response to her speech.

One of the comments quoted says:

Watson has previously spoken out about privacy, criticising the "lack of empathy" shown to those affected after a raft of pictures were released due to an Apple security breach.