Apple has said that it is ‘actively investigating’ the theft of photos from iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Company spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris told Re/code today ‘We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.’

Photographs belonging to around 100 celebrities are reported to have been stolen. A list of the names of the owners of the accounts which were hacked, along with some of the photos, were shared on the 4Chan community and have since been shared on social media sites and on the web. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, among the most prominent of the celebrities affected, confirmed through her publicist that the photographs of her were genuine. ‘The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,’ said the spokesman.

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