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Hackers post celebrities' nude photos

Alleged attack on Apple iCloud accounts raises questions about storing data online

Published on Sep 2, 2014 6:04 AM
Some of the stars said to be targeted include (from left) singer Rihanna, actress Jennifer Lawrence, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actress Kirsten Dunst and model/actress Kate Upton. -- PHOTOS: NEW YORK TIMES, GETTY IMAGES

More than 100 stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Rihanna, allegedly had their smartphones or online storage accounts hacked into, prompting many to question the wisdom of storing content online.

The explicit photos were first posted by an anonymous user or users on the 4chan online bulletin board, offering more of such photos if other users pay for them.

They claimed to have gained access to the photos through hacking the stars' Apple iCloud online accounts, which let Apple users store their photos, videos and documents in the cloud and sync them with their iPhones and iPads.

Apple has not confirmed nor denied whether its software was indeed targeted in the hack attack.

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