FBI, Apple Investigating Nude Celebrity Photos Leak
The FBI confirmed on Monday that it has joined a hunt for the hacker or hackers who leaked multiple naked and other racy photos of several female stars online, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, which marks one the biggest celebrity privacy breaches in history.
The FBI said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,”
“Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time,” the FBI said in a statement Monday.
Meanwhile, as online users have speculated that the pics were stolen from people’s Internet storage accounts, a rep for Apple Inc., which operates the online file storage service iCloud, also said the company is investigating the matter.
“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” the spokesperson told the outlet.
Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday.
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.