Celebrity iCloud accounts hacked – but who’s at fault?
September 2, 2014 Leave a comment
You’ve heard of the data breach from Apple’s iCloud. Many celebrities found out that someone [or some group] got into their accounts and pilfered content stored in their accounts.
Seems the perpetrators [I’ll keep it plural for simplicity], seemed to go after primarily young female celebrities. Those celebrities include Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Rihanna, Cat Deeley, Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Apple had acknowledged the breach but said it was a limited one and has already issued a fix related to vulnerability in the Find My iPhone application. [I’m surprised they reacted so fast.]
The perpetrators claimed to have grabbed nude and semi-nude photos of many of the “victims”. It is interesting to note that a few of those listed above claimed that the pictures were not them but others say they are. A bit odd.
Some claim that it was an invasion of privacy and similar comments. Others said they will go after anyone who publishes their photos online or in a magazine.
Well, good luck to that. The pictures may end up on not-so popular web sites that specialized in illegal content or maybe just end up on file sharing sites.
But here comes the big question: Why are these celebrities storing nude pictures of themselves in the cloud? Are they waiting to show off their pictures or something? Don’t they know that with all these reports of hacked sites and hacked cloud services [for example, Dropbox had a security issue a while back]?
On the other hand, I’m sure a few of these celebrities already have nude photos floating around the Internet. [At least some can verify if those were doctored or not.]
These celebrities show go back to the old fashion way – which means back up your data on a flash drive or portable hard disk and shove it in a fire proof safe. There is no need to use the cloud if it is just for storage.