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September 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple on Tuesday denied that the leak of personal photos of celebrities from its iCloud storage site was due to a fault in the system. Several technical websites indicated that the hackers were able to gain access to the celebrities’ iCloud accounts by trolling the web for personal information about them that would allow them to gain access to the celebrities’ passwords. “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,” Apple said, indicating that individual accounts had been breached, not its iCloud system. Several social-network websites where the photos had been posted deleted them on Tuesday. But F. Jay Dougherty, a law professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles who specializes in entertainment and intellectual property issues, told the Associated Press, “Even if you can get it taken down, it’s likely to pop up somewhere else.” And media lawyer Mickey Osterreicher added that for the celebrities in those photos, “It’s kind of like playing whack-a-mole.”