09/04/2014 10:18 am ET | Updated Sep 04, 2014

Eva Longoria Claims Apple Employee Accessed Her Personal Email

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Eva Longoria might not have been one of the celebrities involved in the phone hacking scandal which led to private nude photos leaking onto the Internet, but she claims her privacy has been invaded via a technological pathway before, too.

The actress sat down for an interview with "Access Hollywood" hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover when the subject of Apple's privacy settings arose.

"I've had a lot of problems with people breaking into my email," she said.

When Bush asked if she was hacked, she continued: "My Mac email. Not hacked. Just people who get it, you know, from the stores and I had a big problem with that ... Somebody sent me, like, 'I made a dress. I want to send it to you. I work at the Apple store here in San Antonio' ... Or, 'I saw your phone number from your profile, so I just wanted to call to say hi. I'm a fan.' So, there's a lot of privacy issues with a lot of things."

Longoria's revelation comes on the heels of a huge celebrity nude photo dump that targeted stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Victoria Justice and more. The photos were first shared on 4chan and then Reddit, and ultimately spread to the rest of the Internet.

Apple was brought into the mix when some of the alleged hackers claimed on 4chan that they accessed the pics by exploiting a defect in Apple's iCloud, the Washington Post notes.

The company responded to the incident in a statement to the media earlier this week, denying any larger breach occurred, but admitting some celebrities' accounts were compromised:

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. 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.


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