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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the gates-are-open dept.

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swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan. It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities' iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained about the service in an interview with MTV.

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Where are these photos? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800869)

Where are these photos you speak of?

I guess the internets are dead.

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800899)

on 4chan, and most of the selfies aren't from idevices - so "iCloud" hack is a lie.

Re:Where are these photos? (2, Informative)

_xeno_ (155264) | about 2 months ago | (#47800991)

You don't need to take photos using an iDevice to have them end up in iCloud. All you need to do is use a Mac.

If you use a Mac to download pictures off your camera - including cell phones that aren't iPhones and therefore behave like standard cameras and don't require Apple-specific software - by default, your pictures will end up in iCloud. It's part of the "Photo Stream" thing to allow users to stream pictures to the Apple TV that clearly every Mac owner has.

Re:Where are these photos? (5, Informative)

bluec (1427065) | about 2 months ago | (#47801043)

Not strictly true, this only happens if a) you sign in to icloud through system preferences or during the mac setup assistant and b) use iPhoto (and possibly iTunes) for your photo management. Apple haven't quite, yet, made it compulsory to use all their crapware if you want to use a mac.

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801083)

The photo stream shares pictures automatically across devices and computers. That way I don't have to connect your devices to see the pics in your computer, or access with an iPad a pic you took with your iPhone. It's handy. It can be easily disabled as well...

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 2 months ago | (#47801465)

the pics can only end up in photostream if you download them into iphoto. even then, i'm not sure the settings about which photos go into the stream. i haven't used iphoto in years, it's a horrible bloated program. I'm excited they're jettisoning it for photos on the mac.

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Informative)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 months ago | (#47801115)

Not by default at all - you have to specifically add the photos to iPhoto and then turn on iCloud in system preferences.

Downloading pictures off a camera/usb stick/android phone can be done with Image Capture, and this does not put them on iCloud, just into folders on your computer.

Adding them to iPhoto is what puts them onto iCloud, and only if you turn it on - when you set up a Mac for the first time it asks you if you want it switched on (and prompts for an Apple ID).

If you use Aperture or iPhoto you can still keep things local only - there's a checkbox in preferences that turns off the iCloud sync.

Re:Where are these photos? (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 months ago | (#47801233)

Look at it this way:

iCloud should be very useful for lots of things, same as OneDrive on Microsoft platforms. Most people will want it enabled.

Apple really really really pushes their iPhoto crap. Most clueless users end up using it.

From this perspective, I would not be surprised if most people ended up belonging to the "all pictures are uploaded to iCloud" group, as a sort of default state.

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Insightful)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 2 months ago | (#47801501)

For the same reasons you don't use dropbox, onedrive, etc, you don't use iCloud. Basically, if you don't want the world to see it, don't use cloud services. This is pretty simple and easy to understand. For all intents and purposes, anything "cloud" equals world access.

Re:Where are these photos? (3, Informative)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 months ago | (#47801135)

You don't need to take photos using an iDevice to have them end up in iCloud. All you need to do is use a Mac.

If you use a Mac to download pictures off your camera - including cell phones that aren't iPhones and therefore behave like standard cameras and don't require Apple-specific software - by default, your pictures will end up in iCloud. It's part of the "Photo Stream" thing to allow users to stream pictures to the Apple TV that clearly every Mac owner has.

Not only that... but anyone you share the photos with could have had an iPhone as well. By default smartphones backup your photos both with Google and Apple, so if anyone you shared the pics with gets hacked, you, by default are hacked as well.

Re:Where are these photos? (5, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47801163)

Or if they shared the photos with a paramour or significant other, if that person saved them on a Mac...

What it comes down to is, if you don't want naked pictures of yourself to end up for all the world to see, don't take naked pictures of yourself. Famous or not, just don't do it.

Yes, it's wrong for someone to seek to steal your nude photos, but pragmatically people want to satisfy their prurient interests. If you're famous and if your beauty was in large-part responsible for getting you there, you've created incentive for those fans to want to see more. That's why programs like Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and TMZ can make a living, because people want to satisfy their prurient interests with you. Some like Paris Hilton and Mrs. Kanye West and the rest of the Kardashian family have managed to exploit that successfully in the past, and others like Miley Cyrus are trying very hard to exploit that now, and unfortunately their antics have helped to make it acceptable, to an extent, for this invasive phenomenon to stand.

Once the genie's out of the bottle it's over. Apparently Lawrence's lawyers are threatening to sue or refer for criminal prosecution anyone that shares the photos of her. I very much doubt they'll have a lot of luck though, even if the original source of the leak is found. If anything they're just going to make it worse via Streisand Effect.

And for those that say I'm blaming the victim, yes, I am blaming the victim. I'm also blaming the leaker and the culture of invasiveness that makes these leaks so incredibly desired, but I am blaming the victim. Would you go walking through a part of town known for muggings during the time of day or night when those muggings are most likely to happen? Yeah, it's wrong for the mugger to attack you, but armed with the knowledge that you're placing yourself in undue risk you'd generally avoid doing that because the only behavior that you can control is your own. Same thing applies here. It's 100% wrong for someone to fraudulently obtain access to your account and your cache of nude photos of yourself, but you know that if others know they exist they'll certainly try, or if you're famous you know that they'll try just to see if they exist in the first place, so despite the very much known risk you've put yourself in a position to become a victim. Don't do that.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

mallyn (136041) | about 2 months ago | (#47801489)

Thank you. This friend speaks for me. Don't take the darn picture!

Wrong idea. (4, Interesting)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 2 months ago | (#47801497)

What it comes down to is, if you don't want naked pictures of yourself to end up for all the world to see, don't take naked pictures of yourself. Famous or not, just don't do it.

No. What it comes down to is who, and what, are trustworthy. Cloud services are not trustworthy. Some people are not trustworthy. This doesn't just apply to images; it applies to financial information (banks are not trustworthy), to your behavior in public (those other people at parties are not trustworthy) and so on.

There's no need to give up intimate entertainment. You just need to learn to be discrete, and this means very carefully evaluating who, and what, are trustworthy. I will grant that in the face of all the cloud propaganda, the social networking tsunami, the government's drive to list everyone and everything, and people's innate tendency to gossip, this may no longer be obvious, but discretion is, in fact, one of the key characteristics of a mature and healthy personality.

If you don't want something repeated, don't say it. If you don't want it shared, don't share it. But you can still do it. From there, the advisability of "doing it" becomes a question of one's morals and ethics -- and perhaps the law. While the law is often completely wrongheaded, we must always remember the amount of power in the system's hands.

Discretion: That's what is at the core of all of this. Not self-censorship.

Re:Wrong idea. (4, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47801615)

If you cannot even trust the platform, then how does your logic work?

Can't trust cell phone cameras. By definition it's a camera attached to a communications device. It's designed to share that photo.

Can't trust storing it on a PC as PCs are connected to the Internet in the overwhelming majority of instances.

Can't even store on many modern-day cameras, as they're communincations-enabled.

...and all of these devices are designed to communicate with each other in as transparent a means as possible, specifically to facilitate sharing pictures, videos, etc between the devices that create them, and the devices best able to display them. Then there's the issue of automatic cloud backup on any of these devices, where the camera or phone might not be configured to do it, but the computer or tablet might, as soon as it has retrieved the photo or video.

Then there's the whole point of a picture, looking it at it. Typically that means more than just the picture-taker looking at it if the photographer and the subject are the same person (ie, selfie), or the subject is not the photographer, then the subject is trusting that the photographer won't leave the image vulnerable to all of the possibilities above, and won't intentionally share it as well.

For all we know, none of these women's accounts were compromised. Their boyfriends, husbands, ex-boyfriends, ex-husbands, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends accounts could have been, or those people could have shared the photos with others, and their accounts were compromised.

I guess what it comes down to is, if it exists, it could be evidence. The only solution is to not let it exist in the first place.

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Insightful)

mick88 (198800) | about 2 months ago | (#47801609)

Really good points, all - it's not like someone broke into these people's houses & took pictures of them in the nude unawares. However... I don't think that the "victims" here are necessarily freaking out that the pictures exist or are worried what the public will think of their naked bodies (as you pointed out they are mostly beautiful anyway). I think that they are trying to treat the stealing & dissemination of stolen images as a crime, which it is.

So while I agree that the best solution to keeping your nudie pics off the web is to not take them in the first place (as Joshua would say: "The only winning move is not to play") , I am all for treating it like a crime and following up even if your actions end up Streisand Effecting your photos in the process.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

carlhaagen (1021273) | about 2 months ago | (#47801239)

No. Stop talking out of your butt now. By default they do not end up on your iCloud account. For this to happen in OS X you need to explicitly 1) set up an iCloud account, and 2) enable automatic iCloud backups of "default" folders.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 2 months ago | (#47801003)

Yeah, and this is critical in the difference between 'leaked' and 'stolen'.

How did they actually get taken? Pissed celeb assistant, social engineering of each celeb, or actual hack of some photo storage system where they all were.

Re:Where are these photos? (5, Informative)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 months ago | (#47801063)

A brute-force program to hack AppleID passwords was recently uploaded to the software-hosting GitHub. The program, appropriately called iBrute, is designed to flood AppleID logons with possible password combinations. The assumption is that the hacker would know the username, often derived from an email address.

Shortly before the stolen images were announced, the owner of iBrute announced the vulnerability — Find My iPhone did not deny access to brute force methods of figuring out a password. Early this morning, the same iBrute owner announced that the vulnerability has been closed, although there has not yet been confirmation from Apple.

iBrute is now reportedly locked out. But there is also speculation that the Find My iPhone hack was not solely to blame for all the apparently stolen files. For instance, someone could trick a celebrity user — or the celebrity’s assistant — into revealing enough information to gain access to iCloud backups. Additionally, it’s possible other online services were involved, since some of the images reportedly show celebrities using Android mobile devices.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/09... [venturebeat.com]

Re:Where are these photos? (3, Informative)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 2 months ago | (#47801123)

Interesting.

Direct source seems to confirm.

https://github.com/hackappcom/... [github.com]

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 months ago | (#47801205)

Apple patched the API that had previously allowed unlimited attempts to guess passwords. Now, for a company that prides themselves on strict security, this was dumb.

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47801453)

Since when has Apple prided itself or even claimed strict security? They claim pretty hardware and perhaps strong integration with their other products for interoperbility, and based on the numbers of prototypes that have been accidentally left in public places, they don't even maintain good security on those.

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 months ago | (#47801265)

I knew Apple had crappy Windows programmers (some might say "evil" even...), but it seems the problem is larger.

An internet-facing service that doesn't protect against brute force? It's not like enforcing 5 minutes of wait after a few tries is hard.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

discord5 (798235) | about 2 months ago | (#47800903)

I guess the internets are dead.

I gather many internets were given away yesterday at 4chan. You might try there, some people might still have some.

On second thought... better not.

Re:Where are these photos? (2, Informative)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | about 2 months ago | (#47800921)

http://thepiratebay.se/torrent... [thepiratebay.se]
http://thepiratebay.se/torrent... [thepiratebay.se]
http://thepiratebay.se/torrent... [thepiratebay.se]

It might be a good idea to use a proxy and an antivirus.

Re:Where are these photos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801059)

They're just rar files with a bunch of grainy badly-lit phone-camera photos. The photos are not worth it unless you have massive hots for someone there. (Kirsten Dunst's aren't bad though.)

(By the way, you missed seven out of the ten torrents. It's a total of ~12 MB. Not sure why someone chose to make ten torrents out of the leak.)

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 months ago | (#47801639)

Not sure why someone chose to make ten torrents out of the leak

Maybe that makes it easier to do traffic correlation on Tor.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800931)

Head over to http://www.reddit.com/r/thefappening.

You're welcome.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

nogginthenog (582552) | about 2 months ago | (#47801119)

I think this is why reddit is so slow today.

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Funny)

slimshady76 (3752059) | about 2 months ago | (#47800967)

(waving hand in front of your face) These aren't the photos you are looking for...

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

Snotnose (212196) | about 2 months ago | (#47801049)

I would be very surprised if the entire archive isn't on TPB by now.

Where are these photos? (5, Informative)

Luca Masters (3463655) | about 2 months ago | (#47801091)

Slashdot: Where we care about privacy, unless there's a chance to see a naked girl Pro-tip: There are millions of photos of naked women out there that can be viewed wiithout violating anyone's privacy. Go make use of those if you're in so desperate need.

Re:Where are these photos? (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47801481)

There are millions of photos of naked women out there that can be viewed wiithout violating anyone's privacy.

Strictly speaking, while there are lots of paid model/glamour photos, there are also lots of leaked/shared/stolen photos of women that probably didn't want their images shared with the world too. So short of paying for the images from sites that only publish photos that they took themselves, you're probably still going to be violating someone's privacy.

Re:Where are these photos? (0, Offtopic)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 months ago | (#47801543)

Why is this comment modded off-topic? Not only is it perfectly on-topic, but it also illustrates why you assholes that are seeking to aquire these photos really shouldn't be!

Where are these photos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801109)

Search for "fappening" on the pirate bay.

It's the one with about 20000 seeds.

Re:Where are these photos? (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 months ago | (#47801419)

Where are these photos you speak of?

I guess the internets are dead.

https://kickass.to/the-fappeni... [kickass.to]

Re:Where are these photos? (4, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 months ago | (#47801565)

Where are these photos you speak of?

I guess the internets are dead.

Ya. "Pics or it didn't happen."

Why all the ashing (or praise) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800895)

Is I seem to recall most re posted on a reddit /r/the fappening or somthing like that.. THose are still there as 4chans stuff is gone.

Here they come... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800897)

Queue up the apple fan boys and the endless excuses...

3.....2.....1.....

Re:Here they come... (5, Insightful)

justaguy516 (712036) | about 2 months ago | (#47800915)

Paraphrasing something I just read somewhere on the Internet:

When somebody says 'the cloud', mentally replace it by 'somebody else's computer'.

Re:Here they come... (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 months ago | (#47800955)

To be fair, there's the good Cloud and the bad Cloud.

If this is truly caused by a vulnerability in iCloud, it's squarely in the "bad Cloud" segment.

Re:Here they come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801007)

From reading other sites' stories, the vulnerability was weak passwords that could be tried using brute force (and due to commonly used weak passwords, maybe not a lot of tries).

Re:Here they come... (3, Insightful)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 months ago | (#47801311)

Still, allowing brute force over the internet is a big mistake.

Re:Here they come... (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47801539)

Fact of the matter is, tech-types who should know better still struggle with digital security and lose; laymen don't really have a chance. These women are actors and singers, not computing professionals, and they probably don't have a clue how to choose good passwords for things that are important, don't have an understanding of how the tech that they're using works, and thus are completely vulnerable. As long as they're willing to take naked pictures of themselves then they're going to be targets, and would be regardless of the medium in which the photos were taken. They could be 35mm, polaroid, 3.5" floppy on a Mavica, whatever, as long as they exist then someone is out to find them. It could be the guy developing film, it could be someone going through the garbage that finds an accidently-tossed polariod, it could be someone attempting to hack a local personal computer.

The only winning move is not to play.

Re:Here they come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801399)

To be fair, there's the good someone else's servers and the bad someone else's servers.

If this is truly caused by a vulnerability in iCloud, it's squarely in the "bad Cloud" segment.

There. FTFY.

Re:Here they come... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 months ago | (#47801625)

To be fair, there's the good Cloud and the bad Cloud.

... and the ugly Cloud. (Worst of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.)

Re:Here they come... (2)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 2 months ago | (#47801075)

But I has a silver lining.

Re:Here they come... (1)

Bogtha (906264) | about 2 months ago | (#47801079)

When somebody says 'the cloud', mentally replace it by 'somebody else's computer'.

Also, when somebody says "It's unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said...", replace it with "It's unclear how the images were obtained."

Come on, since when are anonymous 4chan users a reliable source?

Re:Here they come... (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about 2 months ago | (#47801321)

When are non-anonymous 4chan users a reliable source?

Re:Here they come... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800975)

Queue up the apple bashing you mean. Most of the leaked photos weren't taken by iDevices, so the iCloud hack part of the story is bullshit.

Re:Here they come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801053)

Shush, you! You're going against the groupthink!

Re:Here they come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801099)

icloud do not even allow uploads of images by non-apple devices these days? What is the point of storing my images there if i cant upload the ones i get on email from non-apple sect members? Oh right... it is perfectly possible to upload those *sigh*

Re:Here they come... (1)

carlhaagen (1021273) | about 2 months ago | (#47801269)

Yeah we're all standing line, right after you and the rest of the morons who open their mouths before investigating how factual a story is.

Not 4chan (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800905)

Actually the source was anonib.
But they were then posted all over 4chan yeah.

https://thepiratebay.se/torrent/10942405/09.01.2014_Celebrity_Nude_Photo_Hack_Collection_-__fappening

Alleged leaker already named (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47800935)

Pretty good detective work: http://pastebin.com/cwAz9Y2r [pastebin.com]

Re:Alleged leaker already named (3, Informative)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 2 months ago | (#47801085)

Spoiler:

A guy named Bryan Hamade from Georgia seems to have leaked them. Who stole them is still up for debate.

Re:Alleged leaker already named (3, Interesting)

theskipper (461997) | about 2 months ago | (#47801143)

Wow. If it turns out to be true, it's yet another testament to how difficult it is to be truly anonymous online these days. But not because of standard technical things like using proxies, etc, it's simply because there's so much info out there in social media and Google to provide clues. One mistake or oversight and you're pretty much exposed.

Re:Alleged leaker already named (1)

zr (19885) | about 2 months ago | (#47801401)

this is probably the biggest takeaway there.

we can still fight for some degree of privacy. but any meaningful anonymity is not available to the average folk.

Re:Alleged leaker already named (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801621)

Wow. If it turns out to be true, it's yet another testament to how difficult it is to be truly anonymous online these days. But not because of standard technical things like using proxies, etc, it's simply because there's so much info out there in social media and Google to provide clues. One mistake or oversight and you're pretty much exposed.

Even if you have multiple prefered usernames for your choices when signing up, it's not hard to make a mistake that will be linking them. Maybe you'll repost something from your other ID, indicating that you at least know one another. I first stopped making allusion to my college and location, then my hometown and employer, and finally slowly stopped signing in on /. That's a change of several years. You will still slip eventually, just like when you're at home and accidentally answer identifying your helpdesk's name.

Unrelated, but a search under blockchain.info for the donations address that this leaker-namer plugged shows a couple sizeable multi-thousand dollar ones. Not sure what that is about, but they happened within the past hour. A few others show just 25 BTC. I don't know the going rate of Bitcoin, but that's still quite big. I wonder if government or some RIAA exec tried to get a bit up and close and compensated the guy. But that doesn't sound like their intimidation M.O.

Re:Alleged leaker already named (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801185)

There are two people in the US named Bryan Hamade. One of them is not having a good labor day. LOL.

"complained about the service" (3, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 months ago | (#47800947)

Then dont use it. Pretty simple. There is no law that says you have to use any cloud service, so if you dont trust/like them, dont use them. And dont bitch about it when you choose to do so.

Re:"complained about the service" (1)

Jon Peterson (1443) | about 2 months ago | (#47801027)

Then dont use it. Pretty simple. There is no law that says you have to use any cloud service, so if you dont trust/like them, dont use them. And dont bitch about it when you choose to do so.

There's no law that says you have to drive a Ford. If you don't trust them, don't drive one. But don't bitch about it when it bursts into flames and kills you, when you choose to drive it.

Re:"complained about the service" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801101)

Wow, did not know Ford quality had gone so far downhill. Bursting into flames seems like a deterrent for sales... unless you use them for stunt spectaculars.

Re:"complained about the service" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801415)

Wow, did not know Ford quality had gone so far downhill. Bursting into flames seems like a deterrent for sales... unless you use them for stunt spectaculars.

Not sure it has. It was pretty bad in 1977 [wikipedia.org] .

Re:"complained about the service" (1)

carlhaagen (1021273) | about 2 months ago | (#47801255)

What she complained about was that it kept reminding her about backing her iPhone up; she wanted it to do so automatically, which she didn't know can be done by flipping a single setting in iOS' iCloud control panel.

Re:"complained about the service" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801349)

There's no law that says you have to drive a Ford.

False analogy. It's more like buying a Ford, intentionally driving it into a wall at 45 MPH, and then complaining that you now have a broken arm and a concussion.

You can perfectly safely use a computer with your files stored privately on your own computer. You can also safely share those files with other individuals, in a manner that makes it impossible to read the data in between. But when you upload your entire life to "the cloud", then you have acted to make those files available to a multinational corporation. From there, it is out of your control. Their TOS can change tomorrow, hackers can impersonate you, there are hundreds of things that can happen.

Keep your shit private if you want your shit to remain private. Uploading to "the cloud" is the opposite of keeping your shit private.

Re:"complained about the service" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801479)

Let me give you the same advice I give my girls and women in my life. DO NOT TAKE NAKED PICTURES OF YOURSELF. Men are pigs we share pictures. I have seen naked every single one of my friends ex's. You do not always have 100% control of the pictures. Uploading them to some 'cloud' service is even worse as you do not really control it, the cloud service does. A simpler method is do not take them.

I am not blaming the victim here. As whoever broke into those accounts is a pig. But he would have found nothing and moved on. Instead he now has 'street cred' and is emboldened by it. Phones are the worst these days. They auto enroll you into cloud services and upload everything. I migrated my old phone over and every one of my pictures was up on google+ in under an hour. It was totally inadvertent. Nothing good, just your standard touristy pics. As I know it is possible to get into my phone and get things.

My wife put it best. "NONE of my exes have naked pictures of me because I knew better than to give them that sort of control over me you dont get it either"

This has been going on since we invented the camera. Phones with cameras on them make it wildly easier to share now. Its only going to get bumpier. Do not take them in the first place.

The worst possible publicity for Apple (1)

iampiti (1059688) | about 2 months ago | (#47800957)

This is on the news everywhere and, obviously, is going to make Apple look very bad. I don't think I'll have long term consequences for Apple but at least it may make some people think twice about uploading personal information to "the cloud".

Re:The worst possible publicity for Apple (4, Interesting)

Rosyna (80334) | about 2 months ago | (#47801087)

It's a little weird since a lot of the phones that took the photos aren't running iOS and some of the folders have Dropbox-specific files.

Don't use the same password on multiple sites!

Re:The worst possible publicity for Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801367)

is going to make Apple look very bad.

Many of the news reports [cnn.com] are not mentioning Apple, so most people are unaware.

Re:The worst possible publicity for Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801473)

That would be because it's not actually known that it's an iCloud hack, and it's looking increasingly like it's Dropbox instead.

whats the big deal? (2)

zr (19885) | about 2 months ago | (#47800985)

seriously, what am i missing?

Re:whats the big deal? (1)

Twelfth Harmonic (3464759) | about 2 months ago | (#47801295)

Kate Upton's b**bs

Re:whats the big deal? (1)

zr (19885) | about 2 months ago | (#47801337)

are her b**bs any different than bajillion of others in all shapes and sizes freely available on the internets?

Re:whats the big deal? (1)

theskipper (461997) | about 2 months ago | (#47801445)

Yes, her *OO** are larger than most.

Photos, or it didn't happen (1)

Tokolosh (1256448) | about 2 months ago | (#47801011)

Come on people, I should not have to remind you.

If you care about data security, don't use Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801017)

Will this be the Pearl Harbor moment when people realize that Apple, Android, and The Cloud(TM) is a terrible idea?

Probably not. Instead people will likely say:

Oooh! Shiny!!! Iphone 6 coming out in a couple weeks!

Sad.

Re:If you care about data security, don't use Appl (1)

zr (19885) | about 2 months ago | (#47801117)

there have been many pearl harbor level events, apple being nowhere near the worst offender. in fact one can easily argue that apple has done pretty well with respect to protecting user's privacy. and we don't strictly speaking know that this particular breach was caused by apple.

Re:If you care about data security, don't use Appl (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 months ago | (#47801339)

While true that Apple is by no means the worst at security, they are one of the most image concious companies in the world and if there is a celebrity backlash due to these leaks it could really harm them. Doesn't help their iPhone 6 launch in the next week or two either.

Re:If you care about data security, don't use Appl (1)

zr (19885) | about 2 months ago | (#47801379)

doesnt help nor hurt. not going to register in any meaningful way. news cycle is 24 minutes. it will have been forgotten by the time next post goes up on /.

the knowledge that "noodies" are out there will linger for a few days for its intrinsic value..

Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801067)

Here's a tip for all the celebs: don't take nude photos.

Re:Solution (3, Informative)

PPH (736903) | about 2 months ago | (#47801371)

And how odd is it that your b.f. needs to answer one 'important' text message just as the blow job commences?

iCloud? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801105)

Are we sure it's iCloud? If we know for sure, I see some major news sites like CNN not even mentioning Apple in their stories about this... Fanboys.

Apple's Culture works against them. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801125)

I worked for Apple for 9 years. I would never use iCloud for anything I needed to keep private.

Apple's own culture of secrecy works against them. You don't discuss what you are doing outside your immediate team. This means that you often don't know enough about what you are doing to understand where your code will be used. You are working from a design (or an API) specified by another team and you have to assume they have the complete picture. If they don't specify brute force protection for your code you must assume that they have a reason or they are using some other method.

The internal secrecy also results in multiple implementations of the same function, because each team knows its own code and doesn't see what others have already implemented or are working on. No doubt somebody in the organization thinks that the internal secrecy is worth the cost.

Re:Apple's Culture works against them. (1)

Archwyrm (670653) | about 2 months ago | (#47801203)

Obviously Apple's infallible security is worth the cost. Oh wait.

Re:Apple's Culture works against them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801397)

s/Apple/Microsoft/g

J La's "complaint": (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801177)

"My iCloud keeps telling me to back it up, and I'm like, I don't know how to back you up. Do it yourself."

OP really pulled a sensationalist trick with this one.

passwords are only half of a login (1)

akahige (622549) | about 2 months ago | (#47801179)

There's one important element of these leaks that I've never seen anyone comment on: it's all well and good to hack a weak password, but how do these people wind up getting their hands on lists of celebrities' private email addresses? It's not like you can just throw some terms at Google and come up with anything useful.

Look at Me, Look at Me! (1)

tquasar (1405457) | about 2 months ago | (#47801183)

WTF? Idiot celebs. End of comment.

I actually think it's Dropbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801207)

And Dropbox's feature that syncs your photos to it. I bet when the truth comes out, the Apple blamer's will have some egg on their face.

1. There's evidence of a Dropbox manual ending up in the photo mix.
2. Some of these celebrities claim they don't own iDevices but Android.

hum (2)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 2 months ago | (#47801213)

Ok, first of all, if I some how got hold of these pictures, I'd delete them. Integrity is good for us all. I've no animosity towards the famous.

That being said, these people sold their privacy for cold hard cash. Not small amounts either, enough to buy the town I live in. Maybe I'm a jerk, but I just don't feel all that bad for them. They sell sex every day, all day. I have a feeling most are more upset that some of the pictures are unflattering than they are that they're nude in them.

Re:hum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801323)

Bullshit. You're human so you'd look at them first then delete them. Which makes the rest of your post sanctimonious.

Let me get this straight... (5, Insightful)

WD (96061) | about 2 months ago | (#47801315)

Somebody:
1) Takes nude photos of themselves with an internet-connected device.
2) Has said photos of themselves synchronized with an internet service
3) Is surprised / outraged that said photos are accessed by somebody on the internet.

I'm not saying that those people are to blame, but rather that there is a significant disconnect between technology and users' expectations. And the companies involved aren't making things any better with their hand-waving "cloud" mumbo-jumbo.

Balmer Said Long Ago About The iPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801355)

Looks like the favorite file format in the iCloud is Pirate just like the iPod; now add Porn.

What would Steve say to know that his iCloud is the worlds largest gay porn site.

Ha ha

Simple, really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801403)

These greedy celebrities take these nude photos and upload them to the Cloud or whatever in the hopes they get leaked, then sue said people for leaking them, viewing them, etc.

After all, there's a profit to he bad.

Some android too (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801475)

Some of these celebrities are supposedly android users, which calls into question the idea of an iCloud attack. What of the rumor that a honeypot wifi at the Emmy awards?

Some outrage motivated by image control/PR/money? (4, Insightful)

swb (14022) | about 2 months ago | (#47801491)

As far as I know, Jennifer Lawrence has never done a nude scene in a movie. Is some of the outrage due to that maybe Jennifer Lawrence as an actress is more appealing/alluring in some roles because she's not been seen on screen nude and thus manages to increase her allure by keeping the mystery alive (although X-Men and American Hustle did about everything possible to reveal that mystery)

It does seem to be something of a female celebrity career trope that when they hit a mature phase of their careers they start opting for roles that involve a lot of nudity under some kind of guise that it's a challenging or artistically complex thing to do. Usually the more explicit the nudity and/or sex the greater press it draws and with any luck a bump to the actress' career.

Could Jennifer Lawrence ALSO be motivated by the fact that being nude in a movie is some way passé now -- ie, taking a role with nudity would no longer bring any added celebrity or notoriety because we've already seen that?

I'm not implying she doesn't have other, better reasons to be annoyed -- celebrities are people too, and like their privacy. I'm just curious to what extent the outrage isn't somewhat motivated by a celebrity's desire to flog an image of sexuality for maximum return.

Easy fix (1)

ouachiski (835136) | about 2 months ago | (#47801559)

There is an easy fix if you dislike a service required by a device. Don't use those devices.... There are options.

Re:Easy fix (1)

joh (27088) | about 2 months ago | (#47801631)

Or just don't use that service. Photo sharing by iCloud is NOT mandatory. In fact it is optional.

By the way, Apple offers two-factor-authorisation with iCloud. I bet that nobody of those celebrities used that. I wouldn't be surprised even if they used the very same password for iCloud and everything else.

What's wrong with you people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47801635)

On Slashdot, where I thought people valued their privacy, we have about half of you asking for the pictures, a fourth of you posting links of them, and another fourth blaming these celebrities for taking PRIVATE nude photos of themselves (because apparently when your job is "actress", you're not allowed to have a personal life). Nobody thinks it's wrong that that this happened? Does nobody care what a huge violation of privacy these people just went through, or does that suddenly not matter anymore because boobs?

If I was one of these actresses I'd be crying in a corner right now. You would be too if this happened to you. Just imagine all of your interactions with literally any person, stranger or no. Nobody deserves this to happen to them, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for spreading this crap. I hope the guy that got these photos goes to jail.

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