A British judge has banned the publication of some 3,000 photographs of Pippa Middleton that were illegally obtained by hacking into her iCloud account.
High Court justice Philippa Whipple ordered the ban after Middleton, sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, and her fiancé James Matthews appeared in court to testify against the “person or persons unknown” who carried out the hack, USA Today reports.
The hacker reportedly contacted The Sun newspaper Saturday offering the stolen photos for a price of 50,000 pounds ($65,000) using the pseudonym “Crafty Cockney.” The request to The Sun was sent using an encrypted messaging service and included “sample photos showing Middleton being fitted for a wedding dress,” USA Today reports.
The hacker also claimed to have obtained photos of Pippa’s sister Kate and her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, as well as nude photos of Pippa’s fiancé.
Middleton’s lawyer has said that the alleged photo hack caused Middleton “considerable distress.”
“Police arrested a 35-year-old man Saturday on suspicion of offenses under the Computer Misuse Act,” according to USA Today. He has since been released on bail “pending further inquiries.”