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Pippa Middleton wins bid to ban publication of ‘stolen’ photos

British socialite Pippa Middleton has won a legal bid to ban the publication of photographs allegedly taken in a computer hack.
Metropolitan Police officers arrested a 35-year-old man on Saturday (24Sep16) after Pippa’s Apple iCloud account, which held 3,000 private photos, was compromised.
On Thursday (28Sep16) a judge at Britain’s High Court in London banned the publication of any images related to the alleged hack. The ruling came after Pippa filed a civil action against “person or persons unknown” at the court.
Editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper claimed an individual offered to sell the images of her and her royal relatives for 65,000 (£50,000).
The images were said to include private photographs of her sister Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as intimate snaps of Pippa’s financier fiance James Matthews.
The 33-year-old, who was thrust to fame in 2012 when acting as a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding to British royal Prince William, became engaged to James, 41, in July (16), and has announced plans to wed in 2017.
British police have confirmed specialist officers made an arrest in Northamptonshire, England, and the man was booked on suspicion of an offence under Britain’s Computer Misuse Act.
The socialite is just the latest female celebrity to have private images stolen from their iCloud account. In 2014 intimate photos of a number of stars including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kaley Cuoco and Kate Upton were leaked online after cyber-attacks on a series of Apple storage accounts.
Pippa was not present at the High Court for Thursday’s hearing.

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