Apple: Breach 'not behind leaked celebrity photos,' firm says

The leaking of explicit celebrity photos and videos was not the result of breaches in the security of Apple's computer systems, the company has said.

The US tech giant said none of the cases it had so far investigated were a result of its iCloud or Find my iPhone systems being hacked but as a result of a "very targeted attack" on the security procedures of celebrity accounts.

Stars including actress Jennifer Lawrence have threatened to take legal action over the release of the photos.

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FBI and Apple investigating naked photo hacking

The FBI and Apple are investigating the apparent hacking iCloud accounts that led to the publication of hundreds of alleged naked photos of female celebrities online.

Stars including actress Jennifer Lawrence have threatened to take legal action over the release of the photos.

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the stars targeted by the apparent hacking. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."

The FBI said it was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter".

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