In­quiries be­gin into nude celebrity photo leaks

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — The FBI said Mon­day it was ad­dress­ing al­le­ga­tions that on­line ac­counts of sev­eral celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Os­car-win­ner Jen­nifer Lawrence, had been hacked, lead­ing to the post­ing of their nude photographs on­line.

The agency did not say what ac­tions it was tak­ing to in­ves­ti­gate who was re­spon­si­ble for post­ing naked pho­tos of Lawrence and other stars. Ap­ple said Mon­day it was look­ing into whether its on­line photo-shar­ing ser­vice had been hacked to ob­tain the in­ti­mate images.

Lawrence, a three-time Os­car nom­i­nee who won for her role in “Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book,” con­tacted au­thor­i­ties after the images be­gan ap­pear­ing Sun­day.

Naked images pur­port­ing to be of other fe­male stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn’t be con­firmed. The source of the leak was un­clear.

“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.”

The FBI said it was “aware of the al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing com­puter in­tru­sions and the un­law­ful re­lease of ma­te­rial in­volv­ing high pro­file in­di­vid­u­als, and is ad­dress­ing the mat­ter.”

“Any fur­ther com­ment would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate at this time,” spokes­woman Laura Eimiller wrote in a state­ment.

Ap­ple Inc. spokes­woman Natalie Ker­ris said the company was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether any iCloud ac­counts had been tam­pered with, but she did not give any fur­ther de­tails.

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