British publication The Sun reported yesterday that it was contacted by someone who claimed to be a hacker going by “Crafty Cockney.” The hacker had reached out via WhatsApp – which now encrypts all messages end-to-end by default – and claimed to be behind the Pippa Middleton iCloud hack. The person demanded £50,000 ($65,000) for private pictures and data. The hacker claimed to possess private pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as their children, private pictures of Pippa Middleton and even a nude of her fiancé.
The Sun says that it had no intention of making a deal with the hacker and that it alerted Pippa Middleton. Crafty Cockney claimed to have more than 3,000 pictures taken from her phone in his possession which he was willing to sell to The Sun for $65,000 along with other data.
The publication now reports that Palace security officials are now working to protect senior members of the royal family as there are some cybersecurity concerns, surely numbers and emails of some royal family members must have been leaked as a result of the Pippa Middleton iCloud hack.
As part of its investigation into the Pippa Middleton iCloud hack, London’s Metropolitan Police has confirmed today that it has arrested a 35-year old man “suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offence.” No further details were revealed.
It’s unclear at this point in time what method was used to hack into Pippa Middleton’s iCloud because Apple did beef up iCloud security following The Fappening in which iCloud accounts of more than a dozen celebrities were leaked and their private pictures put up on display for the world to see.