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Apple Celebrity Nude-Photo Hack Shows Risk in Security Questions

Questions such as your mom’s maiden name are often used by companies to improve online security. The theft of nude celebrity photos from Apple Inc. accounts shows the ease with which those questions can be hacked.

Apple yesterday said that a spate of nude photos from actresses including Jennifer Lawrence that were recently posted online were individually stolen from Apple accounts. The celebrity accounts were “compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that is all too common on the Internet,” the Cupertino, California-based company said in a statement.