Massive Leak Of Stolen Celebrity Nudes Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton And Others Consumes The Internet

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Late Sunday, Reddit and 4Chan exploded with one or more hackers dumping a large collection of stolen nude images from a long list of Hollywood celebrities. Among the celebrities affected are Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza, Victoria Justice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Teresa Palmer. The list of celebrities posted Sunday at 4Chan was much longer (totaling over 100 female stars and athletes) so it is possible that more stolen photos are forthcoming.

Several of the stars representatives have confirmed the leaks of the stolen photos.

There has been much speculation about the source of the photos, with the Apple’s iCloud backup service being the most mentioned spot where a hack may have occurred. A variety of technical theories have appear – from insecurities with the FindMyiPhone API to the venue WiFi at the Emmy’s last month. Given the volume of stolen data the most likely explanation is that the hacker(s) had comprimised various e-mail accounts and gained access to the files via the connected services that work together with those e-mail accounts. For example, Google’s GMail also connects to a litany of services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Piccasa, and others. Many services allow users to login with Google credentials, so once a hacker has your e-mail account the have access to other services that are using Google authentication. You can see what apps have access to your Google account here. GMail was used as an example here, but it’s likely that online e-mail accounts from Apple, Microsoft, or Yahoo – if compromised – would yield similar access to a wide variety of information.

There is precedent for this. In 2012 Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in jail for hacking into personal e-mail accounts of over 50 people in the entertainment industry including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, and Vanessa Hudgens. Via these e-mail accounts he was able to accumulate a large collection of personal nude photos of these stars which made their way online.

In this case Occam’s Razor would suggest that someone gathered login account information for the stars and culled pictures over a long period of time.

Obviously we are not going to publish the photos. If you must know what this is all about you can find the collection on Reddit.

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  • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

    Exactly why I would NEVER use “the cloud” and store all my data here at home on physical hard drives.

    • Paul Hooson

      You have nudes that might be stolen then?

      • http://www.publiusforum.com/ Warner Todd Huston

        Yes. They are of Jennifer Lawrence and… ooops.

        • Paul Hooson

          Good for you! Stud!

  • Paul Hooson

    Is that Kaley Cuoco with long hair or short hair? What about the hair on her head? – But, in all seriousness this is now a big celebrity news story.

  • jim_m

    How dopey do you have to be to think that your data is always safe online and that nobody can get access to it but you?

    Oh yeah, we’re talking about Hollywood starlets. That explains a lot.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    Common sense says that, if you don’t want anyone seeing you nude, then don’t be photographed while nude. Then again, Hollywood isn’t known for common sense.

  • Commander_Chico

    Justin Verlander is going to get a huge standing ovation next time he starts.

    Oh my, I wonder if he’ll ever live this down??

    • jim_m

      Yeah, it” be really difficult living down having a beautiful girlfriend. I can’t imagine how he would do that.

      I suspect it will be easier than your having to live down patronizing child prostitutes in Thailand.

      • Commander_Chico

        or never getting laid at all, right?

        • jim_m

          Wait… So you’re saying that if given the choice between not getting laid and patronizing a child prostitute, you choose the prostitute? That’s sick.

  • GarandFan

    Don’t want your ‘nude photos’ posted on line? DON’T POST THEM!

  • Paul Hooson

    In most of these photos these women look so beautiful and so stunning! They should be so proud of most of these photos. Most are in their 20′s now. When they’re 80 and look back at how beautiful they were when they were young. Most of these photos are not a bad thing, but a very good thing.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      If you’re a narcissistic exhibitionist, they’re just wonderful.

      • Paul Hooson

        They were meant to be private moments exchanged between a lover I think, but they are so good that most deserve to be shared. Even one of the women engaged in intercourse is beautifully done in B&W and is pure art. Only a few of the photos remind me of crass pornography.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          If the subject wanted to share the pics, he/she would have. If the subject has some sense of modesty/privacy, the publication of the pics are not a “good thing,” deserving of sharing – regardless of how they were stored. Good lord, is there no decency, let alone shame, anymore?

          • Paul Hooson

            In many cases, these women might have wanted these private. But, in other cases it appeared that some like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan made deliberate attempts to appear without panties in public to show off freshly shaved female parts, knowing full well it was a publicity angle for them to stay relevant in the news, and to foster a bad girl image. In all three cases, they got significant publicity. These other actresses will see a bounce as well. – For those in Hollywood, almost no publicity is bad.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            “Might have wanted” – yeah, and might not have wanted. If someone wants to pose naked, they can. If they want to publish those pics, they can. It’s their choice, not somebody else’s.

          • jim_m

            Answer to that as question is no.

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