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 Porn.com 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.
— TMZ Live News (@TMZ_Iive_news) September 3, 2014
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.
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ
— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
A rep for Porn.com reportedly told TMZ that they removed the pics upon receipt of the letter from Maroney’s attorney.
— E! Online UK (@EOnlineUK) September 3, 2014
“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.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 3, 2014
“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.