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iCloud Hacking has Celebrities Running for Cover

Albert Palacci September 5, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence iCloud Hacking

Jennifer Lawrence iCloud Hacking

Apple is studying the possibility that the controversial pictures were obtained by hacking their storage service. One of the explanations for the leak of hundreds of private photos of famous people is probably a security breach. It could be a security breach in a product of Apple’s called, “Find My Phone”.

Celebrities Exposed

Apple announced on Monday that it is investigating the possibility that hackers have penetrated its iCloud storage service data to obtain photographs of famous people in the nude or for pictures of them in sexy poses.  In a statement, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerrys said: “We take the privacy of our users very seriously and we are actively investigating this information.”

Hundreds of private pictures of famous people nude, or in sensual poses, is a possible security breach in the Apple iCloud service that can store photos, music and data in the cloud, which may have been exploited by “hackers”. Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement that it is “aware” of the story.

Although many of the photos have been described as crude montages, some celebrity victims, such as Jennifer Lawrence, the star of ‘The Hunger Games’, have confirmed that there are authentic pictures among them.

Legal Action Planned

Lawrence has said that she will take legal action against any media that publish her “stolen pictures” which were uploaded first in the sharing site for online photos, “4Chan”, signed by “Anonymous” and then distributed by social networks like Twitter or Reddit, among many others.

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” said a spokesman for the artist in a statement, who said he has already contacted the American authorities.

The Security Breach Source

According to a comment on the specialized website “GitHub”, apparently someone found a security hole in the Apple service, “Find My Phone”, which allows the tracking and remote locking of a phone that is lost or stolen.

This security breach could have allowed the hacker automatic access to the iPhone storage service in the cloud by trying different password combinations until the correct one was discovered.

The Celebrities Affected

The list of celebrities who allegedly have suffered from this attack includes Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Justice, Lea Michelle, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Kate Olsen, according to Buzzfeed.com’s portal, which has echoed the news of the leaking of the photos-but has not published them.

Another young actress who recognized the existence of leaked photographs of herself is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who wrote on Twitter that they are “photos I took with my husband years ago and in the privacy of our home.” “Knowing that we deleted those pictures a long time ago, I can imagine the malicious effort (the hacker) made to get them.”

Authenticity Questioned

My sympathies go out to all who were hacked,” she added. Other celebrities, however, have rejected the authenticity of images, including a video.

Meanwhile actress and singer Victoria Justice tweeted – “These pictures are fake, let me make this clear”. “Completely false, ” said the spokeswoman for Ariana Grande, when she was asked about this matter.

This is not the first time that celebrities have been targeted by computer thieves who have stolen personal material from the internet, including that of Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson.

About the Author

Albert Palacci is the contributor of his personal blog – https://albertpalacci.com. He is a passionate about digital marketing and he also regularly writes for other blogs on topics about marketing. You can find more about him or follow him on his Google+ profile.

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