Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful, talented and famous actress who thought her personal photos on her smartphone or computer were secured.

Until last weekend, that is. Lawrence was one of about a dozen entertainers who had personal nude photos stolen from her iCloud account by hackers who posted them on popular Internet sites.

Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney responded fast, strong and perfectly, telling reporters: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” Mahoney confirms Lawrence is the woman in the photos (while several other stars and their reps have not) and in doing so drives home the point, accurately, that Lawrence’s privacy was violated and the photos were stolen. Both true.

The unspoken message is that Lawrence taking nude photos is nothing shameful, but that someone stealing them and publishing them is.

The nude images also kept Apple busy over the Labor Day weekend. As the original posters of the images, which we are not linking to here, said they were taken through iCloud, Apple was forced to respond to the accusation and perception that its software application had been compromised. Upon hearing of the leaks many Apple users wondered if their pictures in their personal accounts could also be hacked.

On Monday, Apple said it was looking into whether celebrity accounts had been nefariously accessed and on Tuesday confirmed that indeed they had. According to the Associated Press, Apple said its investigation found that individual accounts had been compromised and that while these individuals were deliberately targeted and hacked, there was not a general breach involving its systems, including the iCloud and Find my iPhone services.

In some past photo leaks, such as that of “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks, publicists have denied nude images were of their clients, which led to gossip sites full of amateur sleuths and photo experts to compare moles, veins, freckles and background items, to prove authenticity. What Lawrence and Liz Mahoney knew was it is better to come out swinging than be misleading.

And with the FBI is investigating the celebrity photo hacks and seeking to find those responsible, as it did successfully with past leaks of images of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis, let us all remember to routinely update our passwords.

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