Numerous celebrities have had their fair share of online data stolen in recent years. In 2014, a hacker obtained nude photos of stars including Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and many others, and leaked the images online. The addition of Pippa Middleton to the list as the latest big name to fall victim to an iCloud hack means that even royal families are not safe from these cyber criminals.
Scotland Yard has already launched a probe after claims a hacker stole over 3000 private photos of her and the Royal Family from Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account. A cyber thief reportedly contacted the publication The Sun claiming to have private photos of the Duchess’s sister among others, and have asked for £50,000 within 48 hours.
Using encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, the stolen photos were offered to the Sun newspaper after being taken from the Duchess’ sister’s iCloud account. The said publication declined and notified Miss Middleton of the situation.
The Sun newspaper quoted a spokesman for Miss Middleton as saying: “Thank you very much for drawing this to the family’s attention. I can confirm that not only have the lawyers been informed but the police are about to be involved as well.”
The stash is said to include the stolen images of Prince William, Duchess Kate and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Sun reported that it also includes photos of Miss Middleton with her fiance, Hedge fund boss James Matthews; Miss Middleton with her friends; and Mr. Matthews in the nude.
It was announced in July that the Duchess’ sister would marry her financier boyfriend in a society wedding in 2017, with Prince William and Duchess Kate saying they were a “wonderful couple.”
Mr. Matthews, the heir to the Lordship of Glen Affric, popped the question to Miss Middleton during a trip to the Lake District after they had dated for less than a year.
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