Celebrity Photo Leak Blamed On 'Find My iPhone' App, Exploit Now Fixed

By Barry Eitel , Updated Sep 02, 2014 02:36 PM EDT
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Over the Labor Day weekend, hackers uncovered and released dozens of NSFW images of celebrities, supposedly gleaned from their phones, onto the web. The leak launched even more think pieces about sexuality, morality and whether or not the breach constitutes a sex crime.

It isn't clear how the hackers were able to get into the famous phones-although some programmers believe it was because of an exploit in Apple's "Find My iPhone" app.

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Programmers on code hosting site Github believe it could relate to a project they were working on called iBrute where Find My iPhone can be hacked to give an AppleID. An email address is supposedly required, but once is entered, a search of an inbox could yield more addresses.

The developers are saying now that the exploit is fixed. Apple has commented on the leaks, saying it is conducting internal investigations.

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The leaks are causing an odd (and commendable) amount of policing on the internet--photo-sharing site Imgur is taking down posts of the leaks as fast as it can find them, and Reddit is removing posts supposedly naming the hacker. Twitter is also cancelling accounts of users who post the photos. Even with the sites clamping down, the internet continues to convulse over the leak.

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