Thursday 18 January 2018

Suspect in Pippa Middleton iCloud attack gets bail

Pippa Middleton Picture: PA
Pippa Middleton Picture: PA

Harriet Line

A 35-year-old man who was arrested by police investigating claims that the iCloud account of Kate Middleton's sister was hacked has been bailed.

He was arrested at an address in Northamptonshire on Saturday evening on suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offence but he has since been released pending further inquiries, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures of Kate and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are reportedly among 3,000 images taken from her sister, Pippa.

Private photographs were said to have been offered to 'The Sun' and 'Daily Mail' via the online messaging service WhatsApp.

'The Sun' said it had been approached by someone using a pseudonym and asking for £50,000 (€58,000) within 48 hours.

The alleged theft comes two years after a host of celebrities, including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, fell victim to a hacker attack on the iCloud - which stores private photos from phones and computers online - and led to images being posted online.

In July it was announced that Miss Middleton would marry her financier boyfriend James Matthews in a society wedding in 2017.

Hedge fund boss Mr Matthews proposed during a trip to the Lake District after they had dated for less than a year.

Irish Independent

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