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Apple: Celebrity Nude Photos Leak Not Our Fault

Truth rating: 10

By Michael Lewittes

Jennifer Lawrence Nude

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Apple is claiming that the massive celebrity nude photo leak over the weekend was not a result from “any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.”

Instead, the “outraged” tech giant says it “discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.”

As Gossip Cop previously reported, there had been speculation that Apple’s iCloud system was hacked, resulting in dozens of Hollywood stars to have their private pictures circulated.

Among those stars who had been hacked and believed Apple to be at fault was Kirsten Dunst, who tweeted sarcastically on Monday, “Thank you iCloud.”

But now Apple contends it did not drop the ball.

On Tuesday, the company says in a new statement: “We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.”

“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved,” states Apple.

Gossip Cop confirmed on Monday that the FBI was investigating the leak, with a bureau spokesperson saying, “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.”

As we have been reporting, a hacker unleashed online nude photos of Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate UptonHope SoloKrysten Ritter, and Teresa Palmer, among many others.

After several photos of a totally naked Jennifer Lawrence hit online, the actress’ rep issued a statement that read: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Similarly, when nude pics of Kate Upton and her boyfriend Justin Verlander were shared on the Web, the model’s lawyer stated, “This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton’s privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”

Several other stars, however, have said the pics floating around on the Web of them are fake.

Ariana Grande has denied photos of her are legit, and Victoria Justice has said that her alleged nudes are also phony

Apple advise consumers, “To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.”

What do you think of Apple’s latest statement?

 


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