London’s Metropolitan Police Service say that they have taken a man into custody in connection with the hacking incident that saw more than 3000 photos stolen from Pippa Middleton‘s iCloud account.
Late on Saturday, police said that they arrested a 35-year-old man from Northamptonshire, in central England. The man is at a South London police station, and is being held on suspicion of offences against the Computer Misuse Act.
British newspapers The Sun and The Daily Mail say that an anonymous man contacted them and offered to sell them images of Pippa at a wedding dress fitting, and nude photos of her fiance, financier James Matthews.
The Sun say that the man contacted them via encrypted messages, using the nickname ‘Crafty Cockney.’
Both papers claim that they received messages on Friday afternoon, and that the anonymous seller was demanding an amount no less than £50,000, to be paid within two days.
“This isnt (sic) an auction it will be a simple process of the highest bid,” said the man. I guess technically that makes it more of a tender process of some kind, but we’re probably splitting hairs at this point.
Middleton plans to marry Matthews next year, and famously served as a bridesmaid at her sister Kate Middleton‘s wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
The cache of stolen photos is believed to include images of the royal family, although there has been no official comment from Kensington Palace.
Photo: Dave M Bennett.