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Thursday
May302013

Kate Upton Upset with Victoria's Secret

Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Supermodel Kate Upton is furious at Victoria's Secret for using old photos of her after her relationship with the company had ended.

Upton, who has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Vogue, is also in the latest Victoria's Secret catalogue, but sources tell ABC News, "She's not thrilled about the images being used."

In fact, sources say she wasn't even told she'd be featured.

The photo, taken in 2011, shows Upton in black lingerie when she was under contract with Victoria's Secret. But that contract is over, as is their relationship, ever since a Victoria's Secret model booker told the New York Times, "We would never use Kate. She's like a footballer's wife, with the too-blonde hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money could go out and buy."

"Whether Victoria's Secret owned the rights to this photo or not, it's very unorthodox for a company to use a model in this explicit way without that model's knowledge first," Tony Case, executive editor of Adweek, told ABC News.

The 20-year-old quickly rose to fame after being discovered in 2008. And just three years later, landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, about the same time she was working for Victoria's Secret. But shortly thereafter, the lingerie giant reportedly branded her as too "obvious" for the runway and dropped her.

This leaves some wondering if she wasn't good enough then, why is she good enough now?

"When those photos were taken two years ago, none of us really knew who Kate Upton was," said Cynthia Bailey, CEO of the Bailey School of Fashion. "Now she's a huge celebrity and if Victoria's Secret owns those photos, it's just good business for them to use them."

ABC News reached out to both camps for comment, but neither side is talking.

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Friday
Mar182011

Female Celebrities Hacked; Some Had Nude Photos

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- FBI agents are reportedly closing in on a ring of hackers thought to be responsible for stealing nude photos and videos from at least 50 female celebrities.

According to TMZ.com, the ring broke into the accounts of stars' cell phones and other computerized devices to obtain the compromising photos and videos. Among the celebrities reportedly hacked: Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, Ali Larter, and Miley Cyrus.

TMZ reported that Hudgens met with FBI agents on Thursday to discuss the hacking of her Gmail account. The FBI declined ABC News’ requests for comment; representatives for Hudgens did not immediately respond.

Some blogs have connected the purported hacking ring to Josh Holly, whose Tennessee home was raided by the FBI in 2008 after they connected the then-19-year-old hacker to provocative photos of Cyrus. Before his personal computer was seized, Holly bragged about his celebrity hacking skills in online forums and on blogs. Holly was not charged in connection with the 2008 incident, but was arrested in January on unrelated charges involving hacked credit card numbers.

"A lot of the necessary information is not very difficult to obtain," said Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher at the Internet security company Sophos. "With Twitter or with celebrities' personal websites, you can figure out what their e-mail accounts are, especially Web-based e-mail accounts."

When it comes to phones, hackers don't need the device itself to break into its information bank.

"A lot of times, people don't change the PIN [personal identification number] on their phone, it's the default," Jones said. "It's the way of locking your phone down so no one can access it. But if the hacker has your cell phone number, they can go to the 'my account' function on your phone's website and try accessing your texts and information by putting in the default PIN."

Often, the star in question won't know their phone or email has been hacked until the formerly-private photos end up spread all over the Internet.

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