Celebrity Phone Hacking Was A ‘Targeted Attack,’ Says Apple

'Certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack,' says Apple.

Apple has released an official statement on the massive celebrity photo hack that saw nude pictures released of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and many more on Sunday (August 31). Though reports had surfaced that the hack was the fault of a security breach in Apple’s cloud based iCloud service, not so says the tech company.

“When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source,” Apple said in a statement released to Variety. “Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.”

After spending nearly 40 hours investigating the possible breach, Apple, “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.”

The FBI is also currently investigating the hack, though according to Apple their systems – including iCloud and Find my iPhone – have not been compromised.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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