Apple ‘Actively Investigating’ iCloud Link to Celebrity Photo Leak

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After the massive photo leak that exposed nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and dozens more, Apple said it’s looking into a vulnerability in its iCloud service that could have allowed hackers to obtain the images.

Reports suggested the hackers, who haven’t been identified, gained access to the photos by breaking into the women’s iCloud accounts. Lawrence can be seen using an Apple iPhone in several of the pictures.

In a new statement, Apple said it already fixed a bug in its “Find My iPhone” app that may have caused vulnerability.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Nat Kerris, a company spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement.

The iCloud service allows users to store their information in a virtual database. Information that can be saved in the iCloud includes contacts, personal messages and photos.

Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone 6 next week at a company product announcement.

Hackers first posted the images on image-sharing site 4chan, and they subsequently went viral. The leak targeted more than 100 high-profile female celebrities — though it’s unclear how many of the images are real. Some, like Victoria Justice, denied that the photos were real.

A rep for Lawrence confirmed that the images are of the Oscar-winner, but sent a warning to the hackers and slammed them for a “flagrant violation of privacy.”

“The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” said her rep in a statement.

Others who allegedly had photos leaked include Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Winstead tweeted that she had deleted the images that leaked of her long ago.

Dunst took a direct shot at the iCloud to blame the service for the leak, tweeting Monday about the situation.

If caught, the hackers could possibly face major jail time. Christopher Cheney was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for leaking nude photos and personal information of such celebrities as Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera.

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  1. goang says:

    Just brace yourself.The fappenning in comming
    http://thefappenning.blogspot.com/

  2. Jacques Strappe says:

    I thought these things only happen to every device/service not made/controlled by Apple. My faith is now shaken to its rotten apple core.

  3. srvwp2013 says:

    What generation are these women from? No one minded getting naked at Woodstock. It is even questionable as to whether we can term it “artistry” when these women get naked in films or other visual media. The so-called Entertainment Industry is purely an exploitive business, and it is a business which exploits these women as its Number One bullet point. The amount of self-responsibility that people in the Entertainment Industry take is so low it must be near the earth’s core. And these people cannot take the heat. Any illusion that that citizens of the world have any privacy went out the window with the invention of the first computer, or even the first camera or the first visual artist even if he or she was a Cave dweller. There are no secrets in life for anyone who has taken Human Sexuality or Biology 101. We are all just skin, bones, minerals, chemicals. . . . People have been naked on the world stage since the dawn of human existence. The future, which we are now living in, is here. Technology has advanced civilization, society and culture all along the way. The Entertainment Industry is an egregious example of insecure people who live in some kind of uneducated bubble. It is interesting that “egregious” comes right after “ego trip” in the dictionary.

  4. Darling Me says:

    Hey Celebrity Babes, If you insist on taking naked selfies, at least use a BlackBerry!

  5. Street Films says:

    You mean The Cloud, which exists on some nebulous (or is it nimbus?) bank of Microsoft servers, available to the entire world, is not secure? I can’t believe it!

  6. Glenn C. says:

    This is quite ridiculous. Really. Jennifer is pretty much naked anyway in the X men films. Right? She has blue body paint on but still it’s very revealing. All these women are complaining about this when they must have known that in today’s high tech age that things can have a chance to leak out. Somehow someway. If it bothers you so much when it does, just don’t do it. Take precautions. Women and their egos about themselves!

    • Sherry says:

      Seriously? Because an actress wears something revealing as a CHARACTER in a movie, that means she should be stripped of her rights to privacy as a person outside of films?

      Gee… wouldn’t want to place the blame where it actually belongs: on the criminal hackers who stole the information and put it on display without permission. No, instead let’s shame women for having personal (and sexual) lives.

      I wonder how you’d feel if you and your personal life was targeted by a hacker. These women have every right to be angry and feel violated, as would any men who might be targeted by a hacker. It’s illegal and wrong. Period.

    • Street Films says:

      Absolutely. It’s totally her fault. The nerve.

  7. jhs39 says:

    You would need to be pretty stupid to store anything sensitive in a cloud account considering that you are storing your sensitive information on a computer server whose security you have no control over. I find it hard to believe that all of these actresses stored nude pictures of themselves in the cloud.

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