Updated 07:08 AM EST, Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Nude Celebrity Photo Hack: FBI & Apple Starting Investigations

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ABC News reported that the FBI is doing its part in the investigation of the recent nude photo leaks of A-list celebrities, including "The Hunger Games" heroine Jennifer Lawrence. But the burden is not solely on the shoulders of the agency, as Apple is also working to solve the allegations.

Lawrence dialed the authorities right after the photos came out Sunday. ABC News quoted Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney who said, "This is a flagrant violation of privacy... The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence".

The is not alone in the scandal. Reuters also cited Kate Upton whose photos were likewise posted. Lawyer Lawrence Shire calls them [leaked photos] "an outrageous violation" of the model's privacy. She added, "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible".

It is unclear how the FBI conducts its investigation. The organization 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." Laura Eimiller, spokesperson, adds, "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."

Meanwhile, Apple is particular with the possibility of using an online photo-sharing service to hack the censored images. At this point, the source of the leakage is not determined. Natalie Kerris, Apple's spokesperson, is keen about the iCloud and said, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report".

While the FBI and Apple are still looking into the situation, Mail Online revealed a summative timeline of the person allegedly responsible for all the hacking. Called "original guy, the alleged hacker is now on the run.

It seems that "original guy" works ala pay-per-view, according to the news outlet. By giving him bitcoin (BTC) donations, those willing to see can get probable access to more photos.

His statements, as quoted by Mail Online include:

"Guys, just to let you know I didn't do this by myself."

"There are several other people who were in on it..."

"This is the result of several months of long and hard work by all involved. We appreciate your donations and applaud your excitement."

"I will soon be moving to another location from which I will continue to post."

Georgia software engineer Bryan Hamade was also believed to be the culprit but he denied the allegation. In an interview with Mail Online, he clarified, "I am not the original leaker...I only reposted one thing that was posted elsewhere and stupidly had my network folders visible."

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