The rare case of hacking celebrity photos of not one or two but 101 female Hollywood actresses and showcasing them online at 4chan website has shocked the entire world and Apple, whose iCloud was purportedly hacked to access the so-called deleted and forgotten pictures, said it would join hands with the FBI to investigate the worst scandal in decades.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it was probing into hacking of online accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and 100 others, whose nude and semi-nude photos were uploaded online bringing shock and outrage online. Perez Hilton, who admitted to posting Jennifer Lawrence nude photos later he deleted them.
But why did it take more than 6 hours for the top investigative agencies armed with cyber army to fail to monitor such huge scandal, eve if it is on Sunday? Though Apple patched its junk iCloud within hours, why did it fail to check this before? There are many questions to be answered but the damage has anyway, been done and disgust is the last word that leaves these celebs to express.
The source of the leak was still unclear but experts point out problems with the online image-storing platform. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," says an angry representative of Lawrence called Liz Mahoney in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
The FBI, which was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals" said it is addressing the matter without giving further details.
Apple was, however, cautious to accept its iCloud faux pax. Apple’s spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told the media that the company was investigating into allegations of its iCloud accounts being tampered with, though reports said it had already fixed the patch after GitHub revealed the software problem.
"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," she said.
The FBI is not new such probes in the past. It had probed into previous leaks of nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and other cases where the guilty were convicted. Last year, Social Security numbers, credit report and other financial information of celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher among others was up on web world for all to see.
One hacker by name Christopher Chaney hacked into the e-mail accounts of Johansson, Kunis, Aguilera and 50 others. "I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a video statement in court. Chaney was sentenced in December 2012.
Back to Sunday scandal, Apple has urged all its users to change their iCloud passwords immediately but some users have already began to complain that their accounts were already hacked. through the “Find My iPhone” function. Some users in Australia complained that their devices were locked, with a message seeking $100 via PayPal to unlock them. Similar complaints began to pour in from the US, UK and New Zealand from Sunday, said reports.
Apple denied that iCloud was compromised on Sunday hacking incident but advised users to change their passwords or contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple Retail Store.