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Hackers release more stolen nude celebrity photographs

Kim Kardashian, Avril Lavigne and Mary-Kate Olsen all targeted in second batch of private images

A second batch of nude photographs of celebrities, apparently harvested from their iCloud and other online accounts by hackers, has been released on the internet. The download purports to include naked photographs of Kim Kardashian, Avril Lavigne and Mary-Kate Olsen, among others.

The news comes just weeks after a first batch of photographs appeared, it included images of Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence and swimsuit model Kate Upton. The latest pictures were shared on message boards 4Chan and Reddit, says The Independent.

The images which are said to be of Kardashian appear to be 'selfies'. They are undated but the woman pictures is not wearing a wedding ring - so it is possible they were taken some time ago. Kardashian married rapper Kanye West earlier this year.

The reality TV star has not released any comment on the new leak, says the BBC. But speaking after the first one, she said: “I think it's a big wake up call for people to make sure they have every privacy setting.”

Other celebrities supposedly included are Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza, Heroes and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere, US soccer player Hope Solo and Eyes Wide Shut actress Leelee Sobieski.

The FBI is investigating the previous leak, which featured shots of more than 100 celebrities. Apple denied that its iCloud system was compromised and said hackers had probably guessed easy passwords.

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