After Leslie Jones was targeted in an online attack, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began an investigation today. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is also part of the probe.
Atlanta Black Star reported Wednesday that cyber criminals compromised Jones’ official website and iCloud account. The hacker posted her driver’s license and passport along with nude photos of the star. A video of Harambe the gorilla was also uploaded on justleslie.com.
Keyloggers compared Jones to the ape before when conservative reporter Milo Yiannopoulos led a racist attack on her Twitter account last month.
The DHS confirmed their investigation to Deadline Thursday.
“ICE Homeland Security Investigations in New York does currently have an open investigation,” a DHS spokesperson said. “As a matter of agency policy, we are unable to disclose any information related to an active investigation.”
Additionally, TMZ reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation may also take on the case. Sources tell the celebrity website that the FBI is creating a strategy to track down the culprit.
This is the latest probe into online harassment of the “Ghostbusters” star. When cyberbullies forced Jones to leave Twitter for a couple of days in July, Twitter executives hesitated to take action.
“[We] don’t comment on individual accounts,” the social media site said initially.
The company did not suspend the offending users until CEO Jack Dorsey stepped in. Ultimately, Twitter permanently suspended Yiannopoulos’ account and he voiced no remorse over his rampage.
Though he can’t access the short-form message site, the reporter migrated to Snapchat to react to Jones’ latest incident Wednesday.
— Josiah Daniel Ryan (@JosiahRyan) August 24, 2016
“S— just heard about Leslie Jones. Had no idea!!! Ignore that karma thing lol,” he wrote in one photo.
The Snapchat posts opposed his earlier statement on Facebook. He claimed to feel “distressed” over the matter and wished Jones “all the best.”