Apple Denies System Breach Over Nude Photos
Leaked nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities were deliberately targeted and not the result of a system-wide breach, Apple has claimed.
The company said on Tuesday that an internal probe found that individual accounts were compromised by hackers.
Apple denied initial reports that its iCloud and Find my iPhone services had been breached.
More than 60 photographs of Lawrence were among those reportedly stolen.
The intimate images first appeared on an online bulletin board in the US before going viral.
A representative for Lawrence said in a statement that the actress contacted authorities over the "flagrant violation of privacy" and would prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.
The FBI said on Monday it was investigating the matter.
A list of those allegedly hacked contained more than 100 names, including Kate Upton, Cara Delevingne, Aubrey Plaza, Cat Deeley, Kelly Brook, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna.
The hacker also claims to have a "full set" of photographs of US soccer star Hope Solo.
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who was on the list, tweeted: "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves."