Celebrities losing their personal data to cybercriminals has been very much in the news recently. Nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Anna Kendrick and around others posted online over and over again. Unless you live in a hole in the ground you must have heard of this one. Mainly nude, but always personal, photos have been swiped illegally and posted to the internet. It seems that some of the victims at least had naked photographs stolen from iCloud accounts compromised by targeted password-guessing. Happily, Apple has responded to pressure and has enabled two-factor authentication 2FA on iCloud while 4chan has tightened up its content policies. Unreleased songs by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and 50 other pop stars leaked online.
In the age of the internet, celebrity hacks seem almost commonplace. Whether it's a batch of nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence or Scarlett Johansson, or it's private emails taken from the inbox of Sarah Palin, we've come to expect frequent swarms of stolen internet goods. But the art of breaking into digital accounts dates back much further than you'd think.
Celebrities Who Got Hacked
The man allegedly at the center of a massive celebrity photo hacking case in has agreed to plead guilty to a felony hacking charge. The U. According to the U. Although Collins has admitted to accessing the accounts and obtaining the photographs, authorities "have not uncovered any evidence linking Collins to the actual leaks or that Collins shared or uploaded the information he obtained," according to the Justice Department. Collins would first send an email to a victim from an address that appeared to be from Google or Apple. That email would ask the victim for their user name and password. Collins will plead guilty to "a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Nude photos of more than A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, have been leaked online after reports suggest an anonymous hacker was able to gain access to Apple's online storage system, iCloud. A 4Chan user posted the trove of photos Sunday night, writing the celebrities were in "various states of undress" in the images. On Monday morning, many of the celebrities were shooting back against the alleged hack. But the spokesperson had sharp words for anyone thinking about posting the photos. Lawyers for Upton, a model and actress, had similar comments saying they "intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible. Winstead took to Twitter to voice her anger about the possibility of people looking at her personal photos. To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.