Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account that has 3,000 private photos, including Kate Middleton and children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was hacked by an identified suspect Nathan Wyatt. The suspect is free on bail.
The 35-year-old cyber thief reportedly got in touch with British newspapers through an encrypted messaging service under the name “Crafty Cockney.” The hacker demanded “£50,000 within 48 hours,” according to The Sun, which is one of the newspapers Wyatt was selling the photos to.
On Saturday night, officers searched his £200,000 three-bedroom property that he shares with his fiancée Kelly Howell and their kids.
Wyatt was arrested by London’s Metropolitan Police on suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offense in Northamptonshire, in central England, CNN reported. He is now free on bail and ordered to return in late-November to a London police station.
Pippa Middleton Hacked Account
The photos in Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account include private shots of the royal family, as well as Middleton’s wedding dress, fitting and naked photos of fiancée James Matthews. The two got engaged last year with plans of a 2017 wedding.
The personal phone numbers of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also allegedly stolen by the data thief. The couple, with the intention of protecting their children, had only released a few photos to the public. In response to the invasion of privacy of the cyber theft, there is no released statement from the Kensington Palace yet.
Pippa Middleton is one of the recent victims of hacking where personal information and photos of celebrities are stolen. Celebrities like The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence, Keeping Up with the Kardashian reality TV star Kim Kardashian and Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones are only a few whose pictures are stolen and posted in social media.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are currently in Canada for a week-long tour.
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