Nude Photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande & More Hit the Internet; Apple Issues Investigation Update
On Sunday, August 31st, a large cache of nude celebrity photos were uploaded to the message-board site 4Chan. As of today, it is not certain who uploaded the photos, or how many people were involved in the illegal act.
From 4Chan, the photos quickly spread to Reddit and made their way on to the rest of the Internet. A-list celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have already confirmed that some of the photos were indeed genuine, leaving law enforcement, security experts and site moderators baffled over what they can do to prevent a similar incident in the future.
In addition to Lawrence and Upton, photos of Kirsten Dunst, Avril Lavigne, Lea Michele, McKayla Maroney and Ariana Grande also found their way on-line.
Today, Apple has issued the following update to the Celebrity Photo Investigation:
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.
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.
Source: The Washington Post
Photo credit: ABC/Rick Rowell
Photo credit: Mark Davis/NBC