Dozens of nude and semi-nude pictures of famous celebrities have been leaked on the Internet by a 4Chan user, after private collections on iCloud got hacked. Apparently Apple’s iCloud platform is clearly vulnerable, that too just days before Apple’s upcoming event.
The attack has targeted almost a hundred female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Avril Livigne, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Kate Olsen, Hillary Duff, Selena Gomez, Kaley Cuoco, Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna and many more.
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Mashable reported, A number of Twitter accounts posting uncensored photos of Jennifer Lawrence pictured nude have been suspended. When contacted by Mashable, a Twitter spokesperson would not offer comment on the deletion of the accounts in relation to the stolen images.
Although it is unclear how many hackers were involved in this leak, but it appears that they had been building the database over quite some time now, as some of the pictures that the celebrities claimed to have deleted are in circulation too. Either this, or even the cached data on Apple’s c;loud software is accessible.
Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.
— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
While some celebrities are denying the pictures to be real, others have come out on Twitter to speak against this incriminating act. However, Apple still holds its silence, and hasn’t yet come out with a statement.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” her representative told TMZ entertainment website.
Is Internet of Things really turning into Internet of Vulnerabilities? When will Apple admit that it got hacked and caused a severe privacy breach. The hackers are still unknown, so who will be liable for the damage that has been caused? Will the technology giant stand up?