Police are investigating claims an iCloud account reportedly belonging to the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton has been hacked and personal pictures stolen.
The Sun reported that it was provided the pictures, which it stated included photographs of the duchess’s youngsters, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The paper stated somebody had contacted it asking for £50,000 inside forty eight hours.
The Met Police stated inquiries have been ongoing and no arrests had been made.
The haul from the hack is believed to incorporate three,000 footage, and an nameless individual has reportedly tried to promote them by way of encrypted messaging service WhatsApp.
The Solar quoted a spokesman for Miss Middleton, who was maid of honour at her sister Catherine’s 2011 wedding ceremony, as saying: “Thanks very a lot for drawing this to the household’s consideration.
“I can affirm that not solely have the legal professionals been knowledgeable however the police are about to be concerned as properly.”
A Met Police spokesman stated: “Police have acquired a report in regards to the alleged hacking of a private iCloud account. Specialist officers at the moment are investigating.”
In the summertime, Miss Middleton and hedge fund supervisor James Matthews confirmed their engagement, with a marriage deliberate for subsequent yr.
A number of excessive-profile figures have had photographs stolen from their iCloud accounts, together with actress Jennifer Lawrence and singer Rihanna.
In July, US man Edward Majerczyk pleaded guilty to running a phishing campaign to steal personal footage and movies from movie and TV stars, in what was referred to as the “celebgate” affair.
In 2014, Apple stated it had expanded its use of “two-step verification” checks to guard knowledge saved on its iCloud servers.
The method works by introducing an additional step after an account holder has typed their username and password into a tool they haven’t used earlier than.
They’re additionally required to enter a 4-digit code that’s both texted to a trusted cell phone quantity or despatched by way of Apple’s Discover My iPhone app.
If the individual doesn’t enter the code, they’re refused entry to iCloud and are blocked from making an iTunes, iBooks, or App Retailer buy.
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