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The FBI Thinks Last Year’s Nude Photo Hack Hit Nearly 600 Celebs

The FBI Thinks Last Year’s Nude Photo Hack Hit Nearly 600 Celebs: © Kurt Krieger/Corbis

© Kurt Krieger/Corbis

Last year’s “Celebgate” hacking scandal was more extensive than previously thought, according to the FBI. Unsealed federal court documents show that nearly 600 online accounts were compromised, most of them belonging to “celebrities, models or their friends and families.”

The documents also show that last October, authorities traced the hack to the IP address of Chicago resident Emilio Herrera. However, Herrera has not yet been named as a suspect, and it remains possible that he was unaware his IP address was used for nefarious purposes.

(If you’d like to see all the hacked nude photos, click here.)

“Based on victim account records obtained from Apple, one or more computers used at [Herrera’s house] access or attempted to access without authorization multiple celebrities’ e-mail and iCloud accounts over the course of several months,” wrote Special Agent Josh Sedowsky.

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© Splash News/Splash News/Corbis

The hack, also known as “The Fappening,” leaked over 500 nude photos of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, sparking widespread debate over the issues of privacy and online security.

The government documents seem to confirm Apple’s claims that faulty passwords, and not its online security system, were to blame for the breach. While 572 accounts were ultimately accessed, as many as 2,500 accounts were targeted by nearly 5,000 unauthorized password-reset attempts.

(Source: NBC News)


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