Naked pics of Jennifer Lawrence, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Upton and other high profile stars are being spread around the internet after a hacker released the files on various sites last weekend like reddit, 4chan and many more.
The Fappening Images of Celebrities Leaked
Some stars have denied it was their images, while others have blamed Apple's (AAPL) iCloud storage security problems while the FBI investigates and lawyers are lining up to defend their vulnerable clients.
Statements and retractions will continue as this story keeps evolving.
I had a panic attack, I scoured the internet for naked pictures of myself, there were none. I don’t take nor have I ever taken any, no shirtless selfies on my phone or on my iCloud. Who would want them anyway?
Apple Released a statement to Deny Reports that iCloud is Not Secure.
“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. “
Is Apple to blame for the Release of the Photos?
Hacker(s) generally run on the adrenalin of gaining access to systems using brute force attack on servers and phishing for passwords. It’s the thrill of the chase, pushing their skills further and further.
Most services online have password resets, and security questions to ensure the validity of the end user and try to prevent hacking. So how can you by-pass this and access accounts that are not your.
Well security questions are not all that secure in order to reset passwords and move into taking over accounts
- What is your mothers maiden name?
- Who was your favorite teacher?
- Whats your favorite color?
The process to hack into these systems through various means is not so difficult if the account holder doesn’t take the security seriously. I always use passwords and answer questions with false information when it comes to my cybersecurity. I don’t need anyone hacking my iTunes account and stealing my large treasured collection of experimental progressive electronic music.
Invasion of Privacy?
I know that a simple search on Google (GOOG) will bring up photos of some of the celebrities naked that they have done for photoshoots, Playboy magazines et al. This is where they have done a job. They signed a contract for the release of approved pictures and been paid for them.
Now the stars feel violated that their personal and intimate photos have been leaked on the web. This is a very upsetting and unnerving event, but can the argument be made that they are celebrities and that this is a sad and unfortunate part of the lifestyle?
They are in the public eye, their publicists try to ensure that their clients are photographed at the best time. Some wear daring and revealing dresses to gain the limelight on red carpet events such as the VMA’s, Oscars, even Kids Choice awards. But while the hack is undoubtedly wrong and should be rightfully condemned, it seems that these increasing occurences are now an undeniable occupational hazard for anyone considering a career in the public eye.
Even popular celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton–considered a friend by many of the same celebrities that got hacked–got caught up in the thrill and posted some of the images. He later took them down and apologized.
The Blurred Lines of Celebrity Public and Private Life
Can Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber really say they are being hounded by the paparazzi, they unfortunately are in this world. Should they tell us when they want to be publically adored and when they want private time?
If a person invades their property, stalks them, threatens them or is acting dangerously then yes, but if they are on the street in public then they should acknowledge they will be photographed, asked for autographs and stared at. That is what they signed up for. If they are at their home, in a hotel room on in a private setting then yes they should be left alone.
If I park my car, leave the window open and leave the keys in the ignition, I am dealing with the probability that my car will be stolen, if I file a claim the insurance will not pay up for my stupidity and my friends will all tell me to my face “you are an idiot”. This does not mean the thief was right, I just gave him that target of opportunity. If my files are stolen by my lack of securing my information, I must also accept some responsibility.
It's a harsh reality, but celebrities have to realize that as leading public figures they are targets for malicious attacks such as hackers and stalkers, and the proper additional measures need to be taken to protect and secure themselves.
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