Apple CEO Tim Cook
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Following this past weekend's phone hacking that resulted in the online publishing of nude photos of dozens of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande (who has denied the photos are of her), Apple has released a statement following their own investigation into how this was able to happen. 

The company's full statement, from their website:

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. 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. 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. 

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.

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The FBI is currently conducting its own investigation.