Apple has released a statement after taking more than 40 hours to investigate whether its iCloud system was breached, or not, which resulted in the hacking of more than 100 A-List Hollywood celebrities' phones. The technology giant, however, has not found "any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone."
Apple has discovered that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," according to the statement.
This statement is not going to please the celebrities who have become the latest victims of phone-hacking. The alleged nude, semi-nude and revealing photos have been copied from their phones and posted online, according to reports. These celebrities include Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Dunst, Kate Upton, McKayla Maroney, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Mary E. Winstead, Kaley Cuoco, Teresa Palmer and more A-List celebrities, mostly female.
Jennifer Lawrence and Mary E. Winstead have confirmed the authenticity of their leaked photos. Kate Upton also has confirmed the authenticity of her nude photos that feature her with her baseball boyfriend, Justin Verlander. Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice, however, have said that the alleged nude photos that the hacker claims to be of theirs are not authentic. Kaley Cuoco, however, has taken on the hacker by posting a picture of herself and her husband, with pixels covering their private areas. Here are some of the celebrities' responses:
Jennifer Lawrence's representative said to E! Online: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Mary Elizabeth Winstead said on her Twitter page: "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," adding, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Kate Upton's legal representative, Lawrence Shire, said to BuzzFeed: "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Kirsten Dunst said on Twitter: "Thank you iCloud" and added Pizza and Poop emoticons to the three word message.
Ariana Grande said on Twitter: "to every1 going on about my "nudes" & my "m&g prices" neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon," adding, "but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u."
Victoria Justice said on Twitter: "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
She later posted: "Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake. I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
Kaly Cuoco took to Instgram to make a statement that she does not care. The photo features her with her husband, pixels are covering their private areas. [Check the Photo Here]. She said: "What a fun day that was, frolicking with my hubs on the beaches of Mexico! Feels like we forgot something?"