Computers and mobile phones have been seized by police investigating last summer’s celebrity photo-hacking scandal. A computer at a home in Chicago is being linked to nearly 600 hacked personal data-storage accounts. It is thought some of these belonged to female stars whose nude photos were leaked online. Court documents identify eight celebrities by their initials only. Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI, which is handling the investigation, said no charges have been filed.
The lack of charges may indicate the computer’s owner could also be a victim, said Bill Kresse, a cyber security expert at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. A computer or its IP address can be hijacked from anywhere in the world, Mr Kresse said as he warned people to be careful about what they save to cloud computing networks often used to store personal data on the web. The raid is part of an ongoing investigation into how nude and sexually explicit photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, whose initials are not in the affidavit, were stolen and posted without permission.
In September, Apple said its engineers had determined that hackers breached individual accounts and did not obtain general access to the company’s services, reports Sky News.