Tech giant Apple has said that the massive nude celebrity photos leak was not as a result of any security breach of their cloud service.
Instead, the company says the leak was as a result of ‘a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions’ of celebrity accounts.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Apple explained:
We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.
After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have 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. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
As ENTmania! reported on Sunday, a hacker compromised the cloud accounts of over a hundred celebrities, releasing scores of nude photos of the stars on the internet. The leak was quickly noticed when naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence hit Twitter, before those of Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kristen Dunst and a host of others followed suit.
Many of the affected celebs have responded to the massive leak, some confirming their naked photos as real, while others declared them fake.
The FBI says it is investigating the leak.