An American software engineer has denied stealing nude photos from celebrities’ iCloud accounts after being identified as the hacker online.
Bryan Hamade, 26, was named as the source of the leak after he tried to sell intimate pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence in return for internet currency Bitcoin.
She and 100 other celebrities have been named on a list of victims after their accounts on Apple’s file sharing service were allegedly hacked into.
Mr Hamade posted some of the pictures on social networking website Reddit under the username BluntMastermind and allegedly tried to sell them for $100 each.
But he was forced to deny he was the original hacker after internet users on file sharing website 4chan – where the original pictures appeared - identified his real name.
Admitting he had been an ‘idiot’, he insisted he had lied about being the original hacker and said the photo he had tried to sell was a fake.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘I am not behind this. I lied to someone on reddit to try and get bitcoins with a photoshopped picture.
‘4chan thinks it's me for because of the photoshopped post I made. I am not a hacker. I have no idea how the hell someone could hack into all those accounts.’
Mr Hamade said he had been wrongly identified as the hacker after other internet users launched a ‘witch hunt’ to find the culprit.
According to one amateur internet sleuth, he had claimed to own 13 pictures of Miss Lawrence, 24, including four nude photos.
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