A Pennsylvania man has been charged after illegally accessing more than Apple and Google e-mail accounts , most of them belonging to female celebrities, officials said Tuesday. Ryan Collins, 36, sent phishing e-mails to his victims and later obtained personal information including nude photographs and videos after he gained access to the accounts, the U. Attorney for the Central District of California said.
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High Court justice Philippa Whipple also said Pippa's fiance would be protected against the publication of the 3, pictures offer for sale to I, which are said to include naked photos of James Matthews. Pippa's barrister Adam Wolanski said there had been a genuine attack on the royal relation. He explained it had been a "flagrant" and "criminal" act, causing Middleton extreme upset. Police are still investigating who may have broken into her account and for what reasons. Wolanski said the legal team has so far failed to identify any defendants responsible for the attack. Meanwhile, the man arrested earlier this week was named as unemployed website designer Nathan Wyatt, although he has now been released on bail. It is alleged that the person responsible tried to sell the photos to The Sun newspaper via WhatsApp.
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On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,   or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and internet users referred to under names such as the "fappening" a portmanteau of "fap", a slang term for masturbation , and " happening " and "Celebgate", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects denied their authenticity.