Stars’ pho­tos leak causes con­cern

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

The leak­ing of hun­dreds of pri­vate and in­ti­mate photographs of Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties cast new doubt on the se­cu­rity of popular on­line stor­age sites as in­ves­ti­ga­tors probed for ex­pla­na­tions of the high-pro­file breach. Pri­vacy ex­perts joined Hol­ly­wood pub­li­cists in de­nounc­ing the leaks, which flooded web­sites over the week­end with in­ti­mate images of over half a dozen A-list ac­tresses and per­form­ers in­clud­ing Os­car win­ner Jen­nifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games and Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book.

The breach — re­garded as one of the most wide-rang­ing in­volv­ing celebri­ties — has spurred con­cerns about the se­cu­rity of photographs, videos and doc­u­ments that mil­lions of Americans store in popular In­ter­net “cloud” ac­counts. Lawrence’s photographs al­legedly were ob­tained from a per­sonal iCloud ac­count, a ser­vice op­er­ated by Ap­ple and of­ten used to au­to­mat­i­cally store pho­tos taken by a user’s mo­bile phone.

“This is a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of pri­vacy,” a spokes­woman for Lawrence said in a state­ment that threat­ened to seek pros­e­cu­tion not only of the hacker, but also for any­one who re­dis­tributed the photographs. The FBI said that it was look­ing into the leaks. An Ap­ple spokesman said the company was “ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing” ap­par­ent breaches of some of its iCloud ac­counts, but the company did not iden­tify which ac­counts may have been com­pro­mised.

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