Apple: Celebrity Photo Hack Resulted From "Targeted Attack," Not iCloud Breach

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The results from Apple's 40-hour investigation

Apple is denying that it was a breach in its iCloud system that led a number of leaked nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton

The tech giant released a statement Tuesday indicating that several celebrity accounts were hacked as part of a "targeted attack" but that none of the cases were the result of a breach in Apple's iCloud or Find my iPhone services. 

Here is the full statement:

"We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have 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. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

Apple and the FBI have been investigating the source of the leaked photos, which appeared over the weekend on online bulletin board 4chan. 

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