RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned the thieves who stole the computer from an airport in Shanghai on Tuesday were able to log onto her personal Twitter and send the message informing the world, "someone has stolen my computer at the airport.”
“It’s an extortion plot, plain and simple,” a source close to the troubled actress told Radar.
“They were able to access her computer immediately.”
The insider added that the thieves have since made contact with Lohan, 27, DEMANDING money in exchange for the safe return of the laptop, which is said to contain naked pictures and private correspondence from famous pals, including Woody Allen and Lady Gaga.
Lohan’s frantic team has been desperately trying to "wipe the computer remotely, but they have not had any luck… yet."
The tweets at the center of the controversy have since been deleted.
The 27-year-old actress was in China where she was being honoured with a Sohu Fashion Achievement Award on Monday night.