Nude photos leak: Hacker on the run as Apple and FBI investigate
The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) "is aware" of the massive leak of private nude photos belonging to high-profile celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, it said in a statement.
Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris said: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
The hacker allegedly obtained the info because of an iCloud storage leak.
A hacker posted compromising snapshots of a slew of A-list celebs including model Kate Upton and singer Ariana Grande on online message board, 4chan.
"The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time," said the statement.
Meanwhile, the hacker responsible for the leak is "on the run" according to his 4chan post.
He said that he worked on the leak with "several other people" and took "months of long and hard work".
The hacker also appealed for more Bitcoin donations and added that he was moving to another location to post more stolen material.
The massive leak has caused widespread outrage at the invasion of privacy.
Model Kate Upton, who confirmed that the photos were real, said she will be taking action against the hacker.
Her attorney said: "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fully extent possible.
Jennifer Lawrence had also previously stated, through her publicist, of her intention to take legal action.
Actress Kirsten Dunst whose photos were also linked, simply tweeted:
Lena Dunham, star of TV series Girls, also tweeted support for the celebrities involved.
Sources: Re/code, twitter, Mail Online