Alleged iCloud hack sees nude celebrity selfies sold for Bitcoins

The iCloud accounts of numerous Hollywood celebrities have been hacked, with naked images being sold for Bitcoins. (Picture: Killian Bell)

The iCloud accounts of numerous Hollywood celebrities have been hacked, with naked images being sold for Bitcoins. (Picture: Killian Bell)

An alleged mass iCloud hack has seen a veritable who’s who of Hollywood nude selfies leaked onto the Internet.

The photos – which include the likes of Avril Lavigne, Hayden Pannettiere, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rihanna – appeared first on 4Chan, with an anonymous poster telling people he/she had obtained the photos by hacking iCloud accounts. In addition, the photos were being sold for Bitcoins, which most likely makes this a first.

Several of the celebrities in question have confirmed the authenticity of the images. Mary Elizabeth Winstead wrote that, “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.”

She additionally claims that she had deleted these photos, which would seem to confirm the claims that accounts have been compromised.

Apple has yet to make a statement about the breach, but a Python script which appeared on Github Monday may explain explain how the hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the Find my iPhone service – whereby attackers can guess passwords repeatedly without being locked out — to access user accounts.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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