Hackers leak nude photos of 100+ celebs
More Than 100 Celebrities' Nude Photos Leaked Online
Thanks (or no thanks, really, because this is all sorts of gross) to an apparent security flaw in Apple's iCloud remote storage system, hackers have reportedly accessed over 100 celebrities' nude photos — 102 and counting, if current lists of those caught up in the scandal are to be believed. As , a poster at infamous Internet forum 4chan promised last week that scandalous, oh-so-scandalous pictures would emerge Sunday night; lo and behold, they did. At least, some of them did. Those cataloging the photos, because of course people are, include the following potentially—mass debates are currently raging as to whether many of these images are legit—exposed celebs:
Jennifer Lawrence (and, arguably, JLaw's best friend too)
Kate Upton (and Upton's boyfriend, baseball player Justin Verlander, whose bare butt appears in at least one photo)
Glee's Becca Tobin
Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
That said, three celebs, or their legal representatives, have confirmed that 'their' leaked photos are the real, naked deal. Here's Jennifer Lawrence's rep, in a , among other outlets: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
And here's Kate Upton's rep, in a similarly-outraged statement to : "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy [and] we intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Meanwhile, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead took to Twitter:
Among the celebs listed at 4chan whose photos haven't leaked yet (but might) are Kim Kardashian, Farrah Abraham, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Hayden Panettiere, and one guy, literally one guy, Dave Franco, who apparently appears in a nude shot with Alison Brie. that TMZ has attempted to buy "a trove" of photos, noting a tweet that says the site offered "six figures" for some pics, and also a 4chan posting, apparently from the original hacker, which reads "I'd rather you get them than TMZ." TMZ has not yet commented on this rumor.
4chan is a wild and nefarious part of the Internet that I can't even pretend to understand; a cursory visit this morning (I clicked through 10 pages of the site's /b/ forum, where the celebrity nudes began being uploaded last night) yielded nudes both male and female, strange memes and lots of people throwing racial and homophobic slurs at each other/the world.
It's worth noting the authenticity of much posted on 4chan is up for the debate—at least so far, only Lawrence, Upton, and Winstead have confirmed that their pictures are legitimate, as noted above. Other celebrities and their representatives are denying the photos are for real, like Victoria Justice:
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
And Ariana Grande, whose publicist reportedly from Ariana herself added that "my petite ass is much cuter than that." That tweet does not appear on Grande's Twitter feed currently however, and so it could also prove to be a fake.
Because just about everyone posting on the site remains anonymous, copycat hackers are now reposting all sorts of real/fake images. Many are promising further leaks if people are prepared to pay up, which muddies the already muddy waters.
In the same vein, some 4chan posters claim to have identified the hacker — based upon computer server and network details identifiable on desktop screenshots taken of the apparently-original photo collection. But then others disagree; everything is gospel but nothing is for real. "No one hacks, steals or in some other way buys high-profile nude pictures of 30 A/B-list celebrities and doesn't anonymise properly when posting them," argues one.
Update, 5:35 P.M.One of the many questions that has come up since a hacker managed to access the iClouds of more than 100 celebrities, leaking the stars' nude photos for all the world to see, is: What was the security flaw in Apple's iCloud that allowed a hacker to do this? According to HuffPo, the social coding site Github was likely the first to identify the bug, known as "ibrute," which allows hackers to exploit a loophole in Apple's "Find My iPhone" service.
The problem was that Apple's service didn't employ so-called "brute force protection," which meant that anyone who wanted to break into a person's iCloud could repeatedly enter a large number of passwords without fear of being locked out, according to The Next Web. An anonymous coder called HackApp, who says he or she has no connection to the celebrity scandal of this weekend but claims to have discovered the hack, says the bug appears to be fixed. As HuffPo reports, The Next Web actually tested the "Find My iPhone" service to find out, and was indeed locked out of it after five attempts at entering a password.
Apple has not commented on this particular bug but told Re/code that the company is "actively investigating" the problem.
Update, 9/2, 8:30 A.M.Reddit users identified a 27-year-old Georgia man as the hacker, using a screenshot he posted to 4chan to do some sleuthing (the screenshot was allegedly of the leaked pictures folder). Only now that man has come forward to say that he has nothing to do with the crime; he was merely trying to scam 4chan users out of bitcoins. He told :
"I am not behind this. It was so stupid—I saw a lot of people posting the actual leaks and bitcoin addresses and I've read a lot about bitcoin and how they're are valuable and I thought, oh cool I'll get free bit coins. I am just an idiot who tried to pull one over on 4chan and lost big time and stupidly left this identifying information. They took my proof and back traced it—it isn't remotely true. I am not a hacker.
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