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Kate Upton

FBI Probes to See If

Hacker Hooked Her by Phishing

9/4/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The leaked photos of Kate Upton and her boyfriend didn't get out because of an iCloud security breach ... but instead she may have been the victim of one of the oldest tricks in the online scamming game.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... FBI investigators are looking into whether Kate and at least 3 other celebs -- Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lea Michele -- were prime targets of phishing.

If you don't know, here's how it works ... you get an email informing you there's some sort of problem with your account, and in order to fix it you'll need to send personal info -- such as a username, phone number, credit card, or even a password. So, you unwittingly give the crooks all they need to jack your data.

We're told in this case ... the email sent to the celebs might have been doctored up to look like it was coming from Apple. Phishing's been going on since the early days of the Internet, but scammers are so sophisticated now ... their emails look identical to the real deal. 

J-Law and Kate's pics -- some with her BF pitcher Justin Verlander -- were among the first ones released Sunday by the hacker.

Reps for all 4 women haven't responded to our calls.

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Kate...chill...you had the best pics. No one is hating.

58 days ago


They're all idiots

58 days ago


I keep getting one from a place that says they are google chrome. I even downloaded an anti-virus and it is still happening. ****ers. Glad I don't have naked pics on my computer, lol.

58 days ago


The Apple PR machine is going into overdrive. The hacks were as a result of iCloud security holes. Don't let them tell you otherwise. They will continue with this phishing excuse until they are ultimately found out. I hope the celebs sue them and I'm sure some have already started the process. Don't ever trust online data backups. They are not safe. Apple partially patched the security hole the very next day after it was apparent they had been compromised. Why patch something if it's not broken!? Take whatever Apple says with a grain of salt.

58 days ago


Im kinda fat and unattractive and only send naked pics to my wife and delete them right after instead of storing them on my phone...shouldn't celebs use even more protection? Just asking....

58 days ago


Who wants to look at nudes of Lea Michelle? You will go blind

58 days ago

Cool Papa    

Kate Upton won The Fappening, she should quit complaining. Or not, whatever. JLaw is the kind of awesome/crazy you just can't teach. That's why she's such a good actress.

58 days ago


i could actually see this hurting kate..her appeal is her boobs that never get seen.now that they have been seen no one is going to want to pay money to see her in a bikini

58 days ago


She had my attention when she made hardees commercial...I bought burgers because of her cleavage...what more does this hoe want?

58 days ago

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Makes sense. They all seem like idiots. It takes a huge moron to fall for a phishing scam.

58 days ago


My brother from another mother makes one million dollars downloading tired ass pics of celebs gone wild.
Anyone searching to see these looosers deserves a nasty computer virus.

58 days ago


Kate Upton definitely needs to be probed.

58 days ago


I can't believe people aren't going all crazy for the fbi investigating for some careless hoes, when everyone and their mother is bitching about the fbi doing an investigation on the mike brown case and that investigation isn't even real.

58 days ago


Judging by how fat she it, they probably used harpoons instead of hooks.

58 days ago


If you are dumb enough to fall for a phishing email, you get what you get.

58 days ago
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