Olympic Gymnast Mckayla Maroney stated that she was underage when the photos were taken, and claims copyright to the pictures. Anyone in possession of Maroney’s photos may be potentially guilty of child abuse. Mckayla Maroney’s nude pictures we’re hacked and spread out to the public along with other celebrities, according to Fox News. However, posting of the gymnast’s photos turned into child pornography as Maroney indicated that she was under 18 when it was taken. An attorney of hers contacted multiple websites that contained the said scandal and informed them that the Olympic Medalist was underage in the photos — the images were taken before she turned 18 last December. The attorney demanded in a letter for the photos to be taken down.
Reddit immediately obeyed, informing its users on Tuesday about removing the images. Effective immediately: any images/galleries/torrents/megadumps/etc containing McKayla Maroney or Liz Lee will be immediately due to the fact that they were underage (<18) in the photos taken.
The nude iCloud photos of Maroney and several other celebrities — Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and many more — were released on 4Chan on Sunday by an online hacker, as reported by Los Angeles Times. FBI agents are already tracking down the criminal, as well as prosecuting anyone who releases the photos of one of the celebs. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,stated the spokesperson of the actress. In addition, Fox News reports that Maroney and her attorneys claimed copyright to the photos, although she clearly stated on Twitter that the photos were fake. “the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give ‘the creator’ the time of day…” She then tweeted a photo of Jesus Christ, captioned, “You sir, need Jesus.”
Apple, however, says they were not to blame, as reported by Newsweek. We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” Apple said in a statement. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone.