Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the theft and posting of nude photos of actresses on social media and other websites as Apple Inc. denied that hackers breached its iCloud service to cause the embarrassing leakage.
“The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday, according to CNN.
Eimiller was referring to the nude photographs of Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Victoria Justice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and other celebrities splashed Sunday on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr.
Reports said hackers stole the photos from Apple’s iCloud service, where iPhone users store contacts, e-mails, photos and other personal information.
The iPhone maker, however, said Wednesday that hackers stole the photos from celebtrities’ compromised online accounts by cracking their user names, passwords and security questions.
Apple also said it is working with law enforcement agencies to find the hackers.
Apple advised iCloud users to use stronger passwords, including having at least eight characters with one number, one letter, one capital letter. The password should be new not used in the prior year.
In 2011, the FBI in Los Angeles investigated the theft of nude photos, scripts and personal information from the e-mail accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities. A Florida man was found to be the hacker and sentenced to 10 years.