Jennifer Lawrence's ex-boyfriend is a hacker
JENNIFER Lawrence's childhood sweetheart is a self-confessed hacker.
The 24-year-old actress spoke out against hacking earlier this month after a number of explicit images were stolen from her iCloud account and posted online, but her former boyfriend, Brad Jackson, has now confessed he is in the same business.
The 23-year-old supermarket employee - who dated 'The Hunger Games' actress when they were both just 12-years-old growing up in Louisville, Kentucky - said of the violation of her privacy: "She's the type of person who would have done a nude scene but would've wanted to make the decision on her own.
"The fact a hacker did it [leaked the pictures] was pretty s**tty - but that's the kind of field I'm in."
Brad - who has a degree in computer network systems - claims he's seen an image that suggests the hacker who posted Jennifer's pictures could be set to do even more damage.
He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "I saw a screenshot of his desktop and supposedly there's a folder of stolen videos."
Despite seeing first-hand the distress hacking can cause, Brad - who claims he is only a "grey hat" hacker, someone who will act illegally but without malicious intentions - admits he has considered becoming a criminal "black hat" hacker because of the cash benefits.
He explained: "I'm so tempted to go into the illegal part and make more money. I did stuff that'd probably put me in prison ... I destroyed a lot of computers, put it that way."
Jennifer - whom Brad describes as "not your everyday pretty girl" - branded the image leak, which has also seen nude photos of Rihanna and Amber Heard posted online, as a "sex crime".
She said: "It is not a scandal, it is a sex crime.
"Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offence. You should cower with shame."