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Hollywood stars have faced a difficult time maintaining digital privacy in recent years, especially as prices offered for illicit photos by gossip sites continue to increase.
Privacy experts joined Hollywood publicists in the matter of the leaks, which flooded Internet over the weekend with nude photos of more than a half-dozen famous actresses, including Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-winning star.
‘‘This is a flagrant violation of privacy,’’ a representative for Lawrence said in a statement.
Let’s remember – in 2012, a man who pleaded guilty to email hacks that resulted in leaks of nude pictures of Scarlett Johansson was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Christopher Chaney, a Florida resident, said he found the photos of Johansson after hacking into celebrity accounts. He received the sentence after Johansson’s video testimony at his trial, in which she said she was ‘‘truly humiliated and embarrassed’’ by those pictures.
Apple representative Natalie Kerris told the website Recode:
‘‘We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.’’