Apple is about to get sued by a model who claims her nude pictures are now on public display thanks to the company's crappy security, and she's rounding up others to join her in court.
Joy Corrigan says she was hacked months before Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others who suffered the same fate.
Joy says she reached out to Apple in early July ... but the company blew her off, saying she was simply a victim of phishing, so she needed to change her password. She followed orders, but days later she was hacked again. Apple gave her the same song and dance.
After the story broke late last month Apple contacted her and again denied any responsibility.
Joy's now lawyered up and plans to round up other victims for a class action lawsuit against Apple.
TMZ has also reached out to Apple, but so far no word back.
Celeb Nude Leaks
Reddit Bans the Fappening
We're Trying to Stop This!
9/7/2014 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Reddit is stepping up its game to stop hackers from leaking stolen nude celebrity photos -- by shutting down the area of the site where the pics were posted.
Reddit vaguely says the pics violate its policies. It seems like it's referring to the alleged underage photos of McKayla Maroney that were posted on the Fappening ... as well as illegally obtained naked pics of celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Victoria Justice.
The site admins say, "While current US law does not prohibit linking to stolen materials, we deplore the theft of these images and we do not condone their widespread distribution."
For what it's worth ... the guy who runs the Fappening says he's not happy about Reddit's decision.
Calls FBI Over New Pics
That's Not My Naked Body!!
9/5/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hilary Duff is going on the attack over explicit new Internet photos that purportedly show her nude -- because she says the woman in the pics is NOT her.
A new batch of extremely graphic photos surfaced Friday ... but Duff's rep says they've examined the alleged pics of Hilary and determined they are fake ... and they've alerted the FBI.
We're told ... Hilary has very "defining birthmarks" and recognizable tattoos ... that do not appear on the woman in the new photos. One of the tattoos is an anchor on the inside of Hilary's left ankle that she's had for years ... but again, it doesn't show up in any of the pics.
We're told they've forwarded the links to the FBI ... and anyone who publicly states the pics are of Hilary is "going to meet legal recourse."
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.
LAUGHS OFF HACKER
... In Bev Hills
9/3/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
McKayla Maroney isn't letting the nude photo hacker ruin her life -- laughing off questions about the scumbag during an outing in Bev Hills Tuesday.
The Team USA gymnast was strolling into an office building with her mother Tuesday when she told the photog her fans were being supportive throughout the ordeal.
McKayla originally claimed the nude pics allegedly hacked out of her phone were fake -- but later sent a legal letter to porn sites demanding they pull them down because she was UNDERAGE when they were taken.
Non-Selfie Nudes Could Pose Legal Hurdle
9/3/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lawrence's fight to get her hacked nude photos removed from the Internet might have hit a legal snag -- the same one Ellen DeGeneres ran into with that famous Oscar selfie.
Sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ ... Lawrence's attorney fired off a letter to a porn website demanding it take down the nude photos of J-Law because she owns the copyright on the pics. We're told the website isn't buying that argument though.
The site's stance is ... since some of the pics are NOT selfies, the person who actually took those photos would most likely hold the copyright. In its response to Lawrence's attorney ... we're told the site is demanding proof of Jennifer's copyright, or the name of the person who snapped the shots.
Ironically, J-Law was prominent in the Oscar selfie -- which became the most retweeted photo ever when Ellen posted it. But as we told you, Bradley Cooper actually owns the shot because he took it.
FUN FACT: Bradley co-starred with J-Law in "Silver Linings Playbook."
Don't Let the Leak
Stop You From Taking Selfies
9/3/2014 5:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joanna Krupa has a totally different take on the hacked photos scandal -- she's NOT mad about the possibility of her personal pics leaking, and recommends celebs keep snapping whatever kinds of photos they want.
Our photog got Krupa -- whose name appears on the alleged "master list" of victims -- as she was leaving an Apple store, where she bought an external hard drive ... because she says she's done with the cloud.
Krupa feels bad for people like Jennifer Lawrence, but since she's been in Playboy ... she's not too concerned about nude photos getting out. But you gotta hear her explain why selfie-addicted celebs should keep it up.
We also shot Meagan Good ... who says although her name is also on that list, you won't find her on the cloud.
I Was Underage in Hacked Nude Pics
9/2/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was under 18 when the hacked nude photos of her were taken ... and now she's taking legal action against several porn sites that reposted the images.
TMZ has learned one of Maroney's attorneys fired off a letter to Porn.com ... informing the site that McKayla was underage in several of the photos. The letter demands the images of McKayla -- who turned 18 last December -- be taken down immediately.
Another attorney for the gymnast sent a different letter to multiple websites stating Maroney owns the copyright on the hacked photos.
The legal claims by her attorneys are a strong indication the photos really do show McKayla -- even though she said on Twitter they were "fake photos." It's also possible only portions of the images are really McKayla. The letter is not specific.
A rep for Porn.com tells us they immediately removed the pics once they got the letter from Maroney's attorney.
Celebrity Nude Photo Leak
Apple Says ...
It Ain't Our Fault
9/2/2014 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Personal accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebs were all individually targeted by hackers, and Apple's iCloud security system was not to blame ... according to Apple.
Apple now says after nearly 2 days of investigating ... their research shows the hackers broke into each celeb's iCloud and/or iPhone accounts by using actual usernames, passwords and security codes.
Apple maintains it was not a breach, and says it's working with law enforcement to find the suspect or suspects involved.
Olympic Teammates FURIOUS
Over Nude Photo Scandal
9/2/2014 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
She claims they're fake, but McKayla Maroney's Team USA gymnastics teammates are lashing out on her behalf anyway ... trashing the scumbag who hacked tons of celeb nude pics and posted them online.
Aly Raisman -- a fellow member of the 2012 Gold medal team -- just went to Twitter and sounded off ... saying, "This scandal is not a joke and it is upsetting that an invasion of privacy results in entertainment for some."
She continued, "Please respect the fact that the photos were private and not for the whole world to see. My heart is broken for the women who were violated."
"Every person is entitled to their own privacy. I am saddened that something like this has happened and I hope it never happens again."
Gabby Douglas also weighed in with a message to McKayla that said, "Love ya girl. #WeAreStrong #Champions."
As for Maroney, she finally addressed the issue Monday ... tweeting, "The fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT you sir, need Jesus."
Don't Want Nude Photos Leaked ...
Don't Put 'Em On a Computer!
9/2/2014 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
RZA takes a very practical approach to the celebrity nude photo scandal ... hackers can't steal what does not exist.
Our photog spotted the Wu-Tang legend at LAX Monday ... when we asked him about the scandal that has affected dozens of celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Ariana Grande
RZA says he's even discussed it with his wife -- you gotta hear him describe their "no nude photos" policy.
He stops just short of blaming the celeb victims, but we gotta ask ...
Celebrity Nude Photo Leak
Is on the Case!
9/1/2014 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The celebrity nude photo leak scandal has reached a boiling point ... and now the FBI is getting involved.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the FBI said, "The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton -- the two most prominent names in the leak -- have both expressed interest in pursuing legal action in the matter.
An Apple spokesperson told Recode.net they are "active investigating" whether or not their iCloud system was hacked as part of this leak.
Kirsten Dunst became the latest celeb featured in the leak to comment via Twitter, placing the blame squarely on Apple's shoulders (while also acknowledging the photos are real). She simply wrote, "Thank you iCloud."
Vows to Pursue Hackers
in Celebrity Photo Leak
9/1/2014 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Model Kate Upton has joined Jennifer Lawrence in vowing to go after the hackers responsible for the massive celebrity photo leak dominating the Internet.
Upton's lawyer, Lawrence Shire, called the leak an "obviously and outrageous violation" of Upton's privacy. He added, "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Lawrence, who along with Upton is the most prominent celebrity involved in the leak, said through a spokesperson on Sunday, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."