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The shocking surge in celebrity nude photo hacking… and how to protect YOUR intimate pictures
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Here's everything you need to know about the large-scale hacks and the major celebrities who've had their personal accounts compromised over recent years. The images were believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple's cloud services suite iCloud, but it later turned out that the hackers could have taken advantage of a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The leak prompted concern about the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. A-List British male celebrities faced embarrassment at the beginning of after a mass leak of sex tapes made with glamour models on Skype.
Yesterday we revealed American singer Demi Lovato is the latest victim to have her private snaps circulated on the web. This followed explicit photos and a sex tape of WWE star Paige - real name Saraya-Jade Bevis - and a couple of other female wrestlers being published on social media. Pregnant actress Amanda Seyfried is another celeb to be caught up in the scandal , while This Morning host Holly Willoughby has also been taunted by hackers threatening to publish x-rated pictures of her. Beauty and the Beast actress Emma Watson is taking legal action against the leak of her private photos online, with hackers claiming the haul includes racy nude shots, which she denies. In January this year, fellow hacker Edward Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in a US federal prison for breaking into the email and online storage accounts of up to 30 celebrities to obtain their private photos and videos.
A number of the horrified stars have lashed out, with some even slamming the snaps shared online, as fake. Read on to find out who has been victimised The snaps were stolen by web thieves who accessed Apple's iCloud — a storage platform which automatically backs up data on users' devices.