McKayla Maroney: Stolen Nude Photos Were Taken When She Was a Minor

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Hacked nude photos of Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney were taken when she was a minor, according to TMZ.

Several porn sites reposted the photos of the now 18-year-old gymnast after her photos were initially posted on chan4 by the anonymous hackers.

TMZ reports that an attorney representing Maroney sent a letter to demanding the site remove the photos immediately because several of them were taken when she was underage.

A different attorney reportedly sent a separate letter to multiple websites stating Maroney owns the copyright on the stolen photos.

Maroney has claimed the photos are fake in Twitter posts, but the legal action by her attorneys may indicate that at least parts of the photos are authentic.

A rep for reportedly told TMZ that they removed the pics upon receipt of the letter from Maroney's attorney.

Several other A-list celebrities have taken legal action following the massive breach, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.

Meanwhile, Apple denied that the photos were hacked through a breach in Apple's systems, including iCloud or Find my iPhone.

"When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source," the company said in a statement.

"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.

"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems," the statement said.

Pam Wright