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Apple investigating celebrity nude photo leak 0

Alex Stedman, Variety.com

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

The Telegraph in London reported that hackers gained access to the photos by breaking into the women's iCloud accounts. Apple has apparently 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 spokesperson for Apple, 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.

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 of 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.

Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.-- Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014

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

Thank you iCloud??-- Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 01, 2014

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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