(File photo) Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who has vowed legal action after the hack attack. Picture: Mike Coppola/Getty Images/AFP

London - An American software engineer has denied stealing and sharing the nude photos.

Bryan Hamade, 26, was named as the source of the leak on Monday after he tried to sell intimate pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, in return for internet currency Bitcoin.

Mr Hamade posted several pictures on social networking website Reddit under the username BluntMastermind and allegedly tried to sell them for $100 (about R1 000) each.

But he was forced to deny he was the original hacker after internet users on file-sharing website 4chan – where the original pictures appeared – revealed his real name.

Admitting he had been an “idiot”, he insisted he had lied about being the original hacker and said the photo he had tried to sell was a fake.

He told the Daily Mail: “I am not behind this. I lied to someone on Reddit to try and get bitcoins with a photoshopped picture.

“I am not a hacker. I have no idea how the hell someone could hack into all those accounts.

“I am just an idiot who tried to pull one over on 4chan and lost big time. I am not the original leaker.” - Daily Mail