More than twenty celebrities, including the US actress Jennifer Lawrence and reality TV star Kim Kardashian, have had intimate images of themselves leaked over the Internet. It is understood some of the images were obtained from services such as Apple iCloud that back up content from devices on to the internet.
Ms Lawrence, who stars in The Hunger Games films, has requested an investigation after a hacker apparently obtained photographs, with graphic content, from the mobile phones of numerous celebrities.
Nude photos of celebrities have been published online on various outlets. The anonymous hacker posting on grime-‘n-gore board 4chan claimed to possess naked pics of more than 100 celebrities in total.
Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris was quoted by Reuters as saying in an email: “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.”
Experts have raised concerns over the security of “cloud” storage sites.
“It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” said Ken Westin, security analyst at Tripwire.
“Although many cloud providers may encrypt the data communications between the device and the cloud, it does not mean that the image and data is encrypted when the data is at rest.
“If you can view the image in the cloud service, so can a hacker.”