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Private Celebrity Photos Hacked
By: Jennifer Graber
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It was Labor Day weekend. You thought you were going to enjoy a beer — or two — at your neighbor’s backyard barbeque party. Basically, the weekend was all about relaxing. Wrong, wrong, wrong — if you are a celebrity, that is. The famous crowd is on hyperalert after private photos have allegedly been hacked and leaked. A 4chan user has supposedly gained illegal access to the iCloud accounts of dozens of female celebrities, and has stolen very personal photos. And by personal, the 4chan user means NSFW.
The hacker released a list of the celebrities he or she has private photos of. The list contains such celebrities as Cat Deely, Gabrielle Union, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kirsten Dunst, Lea Michele, and many others. So far it seems that Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Victoria Justice are the only ones who have had alleged private, NSFW photos leaked. A rep for Ariana Grande has already said the photos are completely false. And Victoria Justice has also responded that the photos are fabrications. However, Jennifer Lawrence does not appear to be so lucky. A rep for Lawrence has confirmed that the NSFW photos of the starlet are real and that she intends to pursue legal action.
The 4chan hacker has said that he or she is in possession of even more celebrity photos and videos. Also, the hacker has said he or she will release more of those photos and videos to the media for money. That is a big shock there, right? Apparently you can be bought, and your dignity and respect do have a price. Which is quite a shame, really.
The FBI has become involved and Apple is also investigating the phone hack. People are demanding answers and retribution, rightfully so. If you look beyond the question of why one would want to take those types of photos in the first place you can get to the real issue, and the real issue is privacy. We take photos, perhaps questionable, but they represent a moment in time. And we wish for those photos to remain intact to remind us of days gone by. It used to be that we would store photos in an album on a dusty shelf; no problem there. But now that dusty shelf is the Internet and cloud storage.
We are supposed to be able to trust in the security and privacy of the Internet and cloud storage. So when a hacking occurs, it causes us to start the litany of questions. Was it a user error? Did we not use a secure enough password? Do people have far too much time on their hands, or are there critical security flaws? Honestly, though, there are not many choices for storing personal data. Thus, we are left to trust in a faulty system. In reality, these situations should be a call for greater security, at a personal level and a corporate level. If we are to merge with the evolving technology of the world, it should be prepared properly.

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About the Author
Jennifer Graber is a Business Development Manager and marketing enthusiast. Her specific interests include branding, consumer behavior, development, integrated marketing communications, and new & social media.
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