Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

Apple: Some nude pics were taken from Jennifer Lawrence and other stars’ accounts

Jennifer Lawrence contacted authorities after the images of her began appearing Sunday. (Source: AP) Jennifer Lawrence contacted authorities after the images of her began appearing Sunday. (Source: AP)
Associated Press | Los Angeles | Posted: September 3, 2014 11:01 am | Updated: September 3, 2014 11:22 am

Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company’s services.

Meanwhile, numerous sharing sites removed images of the stars apparently in response to copyright complaints.

However, experts say there is no way to fully scrub the photos from the Internet and the images could keep popping up in the future, forcing celebrities to file repeated complaints as they play a cyber-version of the arcade game “whack-a-mole.”

Read: FBI investigates Jennifer Lawrence’s online naked picture leak

Apple said its engineers have determined that hackers breached individual accounts and didn’t obtain general access to a pair of the company’s services — iCloud and Find my iPhone. The tech giant said it released the results after conducting 40 hours of investigation.

Law enforcement inquiries likely will take days or weeks to complete.

(FILE - In this June 6, 2014 photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were able to figure out usernames and passwords and bypass other safeguards. (Source: AP) (FILE – In this June 6, 2014 photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about iCloud at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet.  (Source: AP)

The FBI offered no details on its efforts to identify people responsible for stealing the images that were posted on image-sharing site Imgur.com, the social networking sites Reddit and Twitter, and other websites. But the agency said Monday it was aware of the breach and addressing the matter.

Read: Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez naked pictures leak online

Similar investigations have involved the use of search warrants and digital forensics to determine how hackers obtained everything from Paris Hilton’s contact list to nude photos of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

Lawrence, an Oscar winner for her role in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, contacted authorities after the images of her began appearing Sunday.

By Tuesday, a Reddit thread that had been compiling links to images of nude photos ofLawrence and other celebrities had been disabled due to a copyright claim, the website said.

Users reported difficulty finding working links to the images on other sites.

Representatives of Twitter, Reddit and Imgur did continued…

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