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British cops have charged a 35-year-old man with hacking the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton-complete with some 3,000 images-then promptly trying to sell its contents to two United Kingdom tabloids for about $65,000, reports the BBC.
Pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are reportedly among 3,000 images taken from Kate’s sister.
Pippa’s lawyers just released a statement, confirming her account was accessed by some computer hackers and that they are trying to sell the private photos to publications in the United States because of the U.K. privacy laws.
Scotland Yard said they arrested the man on Saturday evening at an address in Northamptonshire.
The man was arrested on suspicion of a Computer Misuse Act offense, and he is now in custody at the south London police station, the Met Police said.
The seller demanded “a minimum of £50,000” (around $65,000) within 48 hours, as of Friday afternoon in the United Kingdom, both newspapers said.
Pippa Middleton (C) watches the Gentlemen’s Singles Fourth Round match between Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England.
She is engaged to hedge fund boss James Matthews and the couple are expected to get married next year. The haul from the hack is believed to include 3,000 pictures and the person responsible was seeking £50,000 ($70,000.) A spokesperson for Middleton said: “Thank you very much for drawing this to the family’s attention”.
The hack follows other high-profile image thefts from celebrities including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence.
Ms Middleton, 33, is the younger sister of Duchess Catherine and became a household name after acting as bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding to Prince William in 2011.