Huge celebrity nude photo leak proves no one's sexy selfies are safe!
A "hacker" (I'll tell you why I use the term in quotes later) being referred to as the "original guy" leaked stolen cellphone images of nude celebrities which include Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Ariana Grande. It's unclear how these images were accessed. All that is known for sure is that this anonymous criminal posted the photos on the website 4Chan and after FBI started investigating, went online to say that he (assuming it's a guy) didn't do this cybercrime on his own. Oh well then, I guess if you didn't do it alone, it isn't so bad. DISGUSTING!
This is when us regular folks sigh in relief that we aren't famous because OH MY GAWD, how awful is this and how can we protect ourselves from something like this happening to us?!
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Of course unaffected celebrities weighed in on the drama some better than others. Ricky Gervais pissed everyone and their abuelas off by tweeting "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer." Okay, I get that he was making a joke and making jokes is his business, but this one did not go over well because it's not all that funny and reeks of blaming the victim. He's taking the focus off of what these criminals did and making fun of the victims. But let's not get sidetracked in our fury and remember that it's the hackers we really need to be mad at.
I totally agree with Lena Dunham of Girls fame when she tweeted:
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
WORD! This is more than a hack. This is a hack and a sexual offense and that's why I used the term hacker in quotes above. You do NOT put out nude photos of women without their consent. That is NOT okay, it's not funny, it's not cute, it's not punk rock, it just effin' sucks and whoever is responsible needs to go to jail, like NOW!
I feel absolutely awful for the women going through this and I refuse to look at the pictures because then I am violating these women's right to privacy and I don't want to be complicit in this crime.
So what can a person, famous or not, do to protect themselves from having our privacy violated in this way?
1. Stay off the internet. I know this is ridiculous, but unfortunately it really is the only way to stay absolutely safe. If abstinence is not going to happen, you MUST assume you are always at risk of getting hacked and need to do your best to protect yourself while online.
2. Do not take or store compromising pictures on your phone or computer. No, I am not going all Ricky Gervais on you and blaming the victim. Absolutely NOT. No one deserves to have their personal images stolen and disseminated. No one! And a criminal is a criminal is a criminal and the only one that should get blamed. Now having said that, as you can see from this scandal, it's not safe to to use your phone to take these kinds of pictures.
3 Make your stuff hard to hack. I did not know this until this fiasco, but apparently Apple's iCloud and many other services let you set up a two step verification process so that not only do you have to enter a password, but you have to answer two personalized questions to log in.
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Do you feel that you are safe from your personal photos being hacked?