Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Celebrity Nude Photo Leak To Be Investigated By Both FBI And Apple

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The FBI has said it is "addressing" allegations of hacking after several naked photos of female celebrities were leaked online. Jennifer Lawrence, here, and Kate Upton, here, have released statements threatening legal action against the hackers in what marks one the biggest celebrity privacy breaches in history.

A rep for Apple, which operates the online file storage service iCloud, also said the company is investigating the matter. It is unclear if all of the pictures, which were posted on Sunday, are authentic. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to NBC News on Monday;

"The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals and is addressing the matter." 

Online users have speculated that the pics were stolen from people's Internet storage accounts. A rep for Apple said the company was "actively investigating" the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, according to NBC News. The spokesperson said;

"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report." 

Jennifer Lawrence's rep confirmed that the actress did have photos stolen and that authorities had been contacted. A lawyer for Kate Upton, who was also targeted, called the posting of her personal photos an "outrageous violation" of her privacy.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead responded on Twitter to the posting of her own personal photos.

No hacking suspects have been identified by authorities. More than a year ago, a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking celebrity accounts, including Scarlett Johansson's and posting their private pics.

H/T E! NewsTMZ

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