Pippa Middleton: Royal photos reportedly stolen in iCloud hack
LONDON — Images of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children are reportedly among some 3,000 images stolen in a hack of Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account, according to Britain’s Press Association news agency.
Both Britain’s Sun and Daily Mail newspapers reported that an anonymous seller had been in contact offering the images for sale.
The seller demanded “a minimum of £50,000” (around $65,000) within 48 hours, as of Friday afternoon UK time, they said.
The Sun said the cyber thief — who got in touch via an encrypted messaging service and used the name “Crafty Cockney” — claimed to have images that also included Middleton at a wedding dress fitting and nude photos of her fiance, financier James Matthews.
Kensington Palace press office has given no comment on the reported cyber theft. CNN is still trying to reach the Metropolitan Police for comment.
Middleton, who is the younger sister of Prince William’s wife Kate, announced her engagement to Matthews in July. They plan to marry next year.
She was a bridesmaid at the royal couple’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 — and garnered her own headlines with an eye-catching gown.
It’s not the first time that hackers have targeted Apple’s popular iCloud online data backup service. In 2014, a hacker leaked a series of pictures showing Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities in the nude.