JUDGE BLOCKS STOLEN PHOTOS
Photos stolen from Pippa Middleton, whose sister Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge and married to Prince William are safe from public airing, at least for the time being.
It was reported Saturday that Middleton had 3,000 photos stolen from her ICloud account. She, and her fiancé James Mathews, took the matter to court after rumors surfaced that the personal photos were up for sale to the highest bidder. She told the judge that she was concerned that in addition to the photos, other personal information could have been comprised by an unknown hacker.
A British judge agreed with her application and banned publication of the photos.
High Court Justice Phillippa Whipple ruled:
“Middleton had good reason to fear that all the information held in the ICloud account has been accessed.“
The Sun reported it had received an encrypted message from someone claiming to have possession of the hacked photos. The paper said the person used the pseudonym “Crafty Cockney” and offered to sell them for $86,0073. It’s alleged the person sent a sample as proof the photos. It showed a photo of Middleton trying on a wedding dress for her upcoming marriage to Mathews. The broker claimed to have other photos available for sale. They include candid shots of her sister Kate, who is married to Prince William playing with her two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George as well as a naked image of Middleton’s husband to be.
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Police say they arrested a 35 year old man Saturday in connection with the alleged offense under suspicion of committing crimes under the Computer Misuse Act. He has been granted bail.
Middleton’s lawyer stated that the hacking of her ICloud account has caused Middleton and her fiancé “considerable stress.” The lawyer added he believes the photo hacking was for real but the real perpetrator has yet to be discovered.