STRICTLY’S Saffron Barker, 19, has been hit by hackers who leaked intimate pictures of her — fuelling fears about the stars’ security on the show.
We revealed last week a security lockdown was in place around the Strictly studios after death threats were sent.
Celebs were also given a briefing about online security amid fears they may be targeted by criminals.
However a series of private pics of YouTube vlogger Saffron, which are believed to have been taken from her iCloud, were yesterday being shared on the internet.
The photos appeared on a New Zealand-registered site — which we are not naming — as well as in the UK.
Pics show Saffron, who has 2.2million YouTube subscribers, in skimpy poses including while on holiday and in front of a mirror at home.
A selfie in a bathroom and pictures of the star in just a towel also feature.
A Strictly source said yesterday: “This is worrying as Saffron seems to have been targeted because she is on the show.
“Part of the security briefings have been about online security because that is an area that hackers and blackmailers target.
“There is a fear that Saffron could be threatened with the pictures, or that other more explicit ones could also have been stolen.”
David James and co-star Catherine Tyldesley have both had intimate pictures and videos leaked in the past.
Saffron, who lives with her parents in Brighton, shone last week performing an energetic tango with pro partner AJ Pritchard, 24.
The pair have already been linked after AJ was pictured with his arm around Saffron.
But yesterday Saffron’s representative insisted they were just great friends “which the pictures prove”.