According to London’s Metropolitan Police Service, a suspect involved has just been arrested for the hack of Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account.?Detectives arrested a 35-year-old man in Northamptonshire in central England, according to a report by CNN.
Among 3,000 images stolen from the hacked account. These show images of Kate Middleton and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. British newspapers The Sun and Daily Mail have reported that an anonymous seller had contacted them to offer the images for sale.
According to The Sun, the cyber thief claimed the images also included Pippa Middleton at a wedding dress fitting and nude photos of her fianc?, James Matthews. An encrypted messaging service was how the crook was able to get in touch with the newspapers. He or she used the pseudonym ?Crafty Cockney?.
Both newspapers reported that the seller demanded ?a minimum of ?50,000? within 48 hours as of Friday afternoon.
?This isn?t (sic) an auction it will be a simple process of the highest bid,? the seller reportedly said.
Senior royals at risk of being?hacked
Experts have warned the senior royals and wealthy socialites in Pippa’s elite circle.?They are the ones that are also at risk of being hacked.
Oliver Crofton of cyber intelligence company Marclay Associates told The Sun that most iPhone users choose to backup on iCloud. ?I?m sure steps are being taken to alert and protect everyone in Pippa?s contact book right now,? he said.
William and Kate have sought to protect their children?s privacy by releasing only a limited number of photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Regarding Pippa?s hacked account, which includes photos of the Royal Family, Kensington Palace has not released any statement on the reported cyber theft.
This is not the first instance that hackers have targeted a celebrity?s iCloud online data backup account. Jennifer Lawrence?s nude photos were leaked back in 2014. Other female celebrities were also part of this leak. This includes Kate Upton and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.