"After more than 40 hours of investigation, 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 noted in its analysis. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."
If the leaked nude photos of Emma Watson are legitimate, there could be a similar investigation ahead. The 2014 incident came under an FBI investigation, which eventually led to the arrest and conviction of a Pennsylvania man named Ryan Collins.
At the time, authorities came down hard on the nude celebrity photo leak, but also used it as an opportunity to stress stronger protection measures for anyone using the internet.
"By illegally accessing intimate details of his victims' personal lives, Mr. Collins violated their privacy and left many to contend with lasting emotional distress, embarrassment and feelings of insecurity," David Bowdich, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, said in a statement, via NBC News.
"We continue to see both celebrities and victims from all walks of life suffer the consequences of this crime and strongly encourage users of Internet-connected devices to strengthen passwords and to be skeptical when replying to emails asking for personal information," he said.
If legitimate, the nude photo leak would come at a curious time for Emma Watson. She is about to appear in the live-action remake of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, and has been making the rounds on the press circuit to promote the film.