Pippa Middleton iCloud hack suspect released on bail

A man was released on bail on Sunday, following claims that an iCloud account belonging to Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, was hacked, said police.

About 3,000 images were stolen from the hacked account, the Sun reported, including pictures of the Duchess’ young children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who are third and fourth in line to the British throne. The paper claims it was approached by the hacker, who was trying to sell the photos for a minimum of £50,000, via WhatsApp.

Middleton joins a long list of celebrities who have personal photos stolen from their Apple-run cloud storage accounts by hackers attempting to blackmail or embarrass them.

Scotland Yard, the London Metropolitan Police’s headquarters, does not expose the names of victims, but confirmed to CNET that an arrest associated with the Computer Misuse Act was made late on Sunday in the county of Northamptonshire, UK. The legislation is designed to protect computer users in the UK from wilful attacks and theft of their information.

“A man arrested by detectives investigating the hacking of a personal iCloud account has been bailed,” police said in a statement. The 35-year-old man must report to a police station in south London in late November pending further enquiries.