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Cameron Diaz's anger at naked photos as her Sex Tape film surfs the hype

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Claire Carter and Alice Philipson

Angry: Cameron Diaz.

Angry: Cameron Diaz.

Cameron Diaz yesterday (Wednesday) called the release of hacked naked photographs of celebrities "a gross violation", shortly before the trailer for her latest film, Sex Tape, was used to accompany a leaked video of a Downton Abbey actress on a file sharing website.

The Hollywood star said the hackers would be "caught and made examples of" after they claimed to have amassed images of 101 famous women.

But just hours after her comments, a trailer for Sex Tape, the story of an explicit video accidentally made public, appeared before a 47-second video recorded by a naked Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey.

The clip, called "Jessica Brown Findlay Leaked by Hacker", was uploaded to the Dailymotion site yesterday as Diaz was promoting Sex Tape in the UK. The site said the use of the trailer with the clip was purely coincidental because advertisements are automatically added to uploaded videos.

The FBI was investigating reports that the video was released by a hacking and picture trading ring that is believed to have been amassing photos for months.

Diaz said the hackers should put themselves in the place of the victims.

She told ITV: "Whoever has done it, they will be caught and made examples of. This can happen to anyone. If these guys can do it to this group of people then everyone's vulnerable to it."

Earlier, Dan Stevens, Brown Findlay's former co-star in Downton Abbey, criticised the "despicable behaviour" of the hackers and urged people to abide by the same moral code online as they do in the real world. Stevens said he was "really feeling" for Brown Findlay, who is seeking to remove all trace of leaked images, claiming they have caused "extreme distress and embarrassment".

During a live webchat on The Guardian website, he said: "We're at a crucial crossroads where we need to examine our online moral and ethical practice and align it much more with our 'real life' conscience."

Technology experts initially claimed that the hacker or hackers might have accessed the images via a "vulnerability" in the security system for Apple's iCloud online storage service.

Apple said on Tuesday that there was no flaw in its systems, though hackers may have accessed celebrities' accounts by working out their passwords and usernames. A spokesman said: "When we learnt of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilised Apple's engineers to discover the source.

"After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the internet.

"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

The Telegraph, London

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