Celebrity Photo Hacking Scandal

By Cybermum Australia

What can you do to protect yourself?

The recent celebrity photo hacking scandal that saw more than 100 female celebrities’ private nude images stolen and published on the internet is nothing short of a disgrace. The majority of the images belonged to Jennifer Lawrence but other victims included Krysten Ritter, Kate Upton, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst and Aussie girl Teresa Palmer.

An anonymous internet user posted the private pics of Lawrence and others on an online photo based bulletin board called 4chan. Within hours of being posted, the pics appeared on Reddit, Imgur and Twitter – no surprise really! Representatives for Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have confirmed the photos are real.

So how did this happen?

Whilst it is early days and the FBI are launching an investigation, it appears as though the photos were taken on phones that automatically uploaded pics to a cloud (aka an online storage facility). Kate Upton claims the ‘private, nude pics’ pics were deleted from her phone but unfortunately this does not mean they were deleted from her cloud storage.

These cloud storage facilities were then hacked. And whilst the details aren’t yet confirmed many experts believe it was all about the password.

The hacker would have accessed the …read more

Read the full article here: http://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/family-safety/celebrity-photo-hacking-scandal

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