In the beginning of September, we witnessed a massive photo leak by a hacker who posted nudes of various celebrities, including the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Mary E Winstead. In what appears to be a second attempt, more nude celebrity photos including Kaley Cuoco and Kim Kardashian were released on 4Chan briefly on Saturday.
The pictures also included nude shots of actress Vanessa Hudgens, US soccer star Hope Solo, Nashville star Hayden Panettiere, singer Avril Lavigne and actress-turned-fashion designer Mary-Kate Olson. The images were reportedly uploaded to 4chan and Reddit, but the latter quickly removed them due to its stringent policy on hacked photographs being shared on the site.
Three weeks ago, compromising images of dozens of celebrities emerged online after a hacker reportedly gained access to their iCloud accounts and stole their pictures. Jennifer Lawrence contacted Apple after the images began appearing.
‘This is a flagrant violation of privacy,’ Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. ‘The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.’
Apple said that there was no breach in Apple s systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone. What Apple maintains that only individual accounts were targeted in this case and this was a case of phishing. Addressing users privacy concerns over iCloud s security, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the company is planning to introduce additional security features to protect its users data. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook said that the company will alert users via email as well as push notification when their accounts are logged in from a new device, and/or someone tries to change the password, as well as in an event of a request to restore iCloud data to a new device.