The FBI and Apple said Monday they are investigating the apparent hacking of iCloud accounts that led to alleged nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars being posted online. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Nat Kerris, Apple spokeswoman, told NBC News. The computer giant has not explained how the hackers could have obtained the images. 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."
A spokeswoman for Lawrence called the incident "a flagrant violation of privacy" and said authorities were poised to prosecute anyone who posted "stolen photos" of the Oscar winner. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead said on Twitter that she had long ago deleted the pictures that surfaced of her, while Victoria Justice said supposed snaps of her were fake. Other photos were purported to be nude shots of model Kate Upton, actress Kirsten Dunst and soccer star Hope Solo, but it wasn't clear which ones were authentic.
— Andrew Blankstein
First published September 1 2014, 2:22 PM