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posted by janrinok on Monday September 01 2014, @06:56PM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-store-personal-photographs-on-an-internet-connected-device dept.

PapayaSF and AnonTechie write in with 2 stories which seem to be linked. The first is the leak of nude and personal photographs of celebrities, and the second is perhaps the flaw that allowed someone to access the photographs.

Stars Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

Nude celebrities, bitcoins, and Apple: it's a story seemingly designed to stir up the entire internet. Scores of private photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have been leaked (allegedly from Apple's iCloud), and posted on 4chan in exchange for bitcoins. A list of 100+ names has appeared, but pictures have not yet appeared for many names on the list (including Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Kaley Cuoco). Victoria Justice claims the photos of her are fake. Twitter accounts are being shut down. The story is still developing, so grab your popcorn.

This could be the Apple iCloud flaw that led to celebrity photos being leaked.

An alleged breach in Apple’s iCloud service may be to blame for countless leaks of private celebrity photos this week.

On Monday, a Python script emerged on Github (which we’re not linking to as there is evidence a fix by Apple is not fully rolled out) that appears to have allowed malicious users to ‘brute force’ a target account’s password on Apple’s iCloud, thanks to a vulnerability in the Find my iPhone service. Brute force attacks are where a malicious user uses a script to repeatedly guess passwords to attempt to discover the correct one.

The vulnerability allegedly discovered in the Find my iPhone service appears to have allowed attackers to use this method to guess passwords repeatedly without any sort of lockout or alert to the target. Once the password has been eventually matched, the attacker can then use it to access other iCloud functions freely.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2014/09/01/this-could-be-the-apple-icloud-flaw-that-led-to-celebrity-photos-being-leaked/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/is-apples-icloud-safe-after-leak-of-jennifer-lawrence-and-other-celebrities-nude-photos-9703142.html

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Reddit Bans Page Where Celebrity Nude Photos were Shared 29 comments

Reddit has closed the board that became a hub for the leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities.

The massive celebrity photo leak originated on image-sharing site 4chan, but a Reddit page called “r/thefappening” quickly became a heavily trafficked page where users were sharing links to the stolen pictures.

Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, in a post entitled “Every Man is Responsible for His Own Soul” on the Reddit blog, explained the site’s reasoning.

[…]

Reddit systems administrator Jason Harvey, also known by his Reddit username alienth, gave further explanation of the decision, along with providing a rundown of what happened after the massive leak. “The situation we had in our hands was the following: These subreddits were of course the focal point for the sharing of these stolen photos,” Harvey wrote. “The images which were DMCAd were continually being reposted constantly on the subreddit. We would takedown images (thumbnails) in response to those DMCAs, but it quickly devolved into a game of whack-a-mole. We’d execute a takedown, someone would adjust, reupload, and then repeat. This same practice was occurring with the underage photos, requiring our constant intervention.” “It became obvious that we were either going to have to watch these subreddits constantly, or shut them down. We chose the latter. It’s obviously not going to solve the problem entirely, but it will at least mitigate the constant issues we were facing. This was an extreme circumstance, and we used the best judgement we could in response.”

What do SN denizens make of all this?

Hacker Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for Role in Leaking iCloud Celebrity Photos 17 comments

Hacker sentenced to prison for role in Jennifer Lawrence nude photo theft

A hacker was sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday for a scheme that exposed intimate photos of the actor Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

George Garofano, 26, was accused of illegally hacking the private Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people, including Hollywood stars as well as average internet users, allowing their nude photos and private information to be spread around the internet.

He was one of four people charged in the 2014 hacking scandal, in which private photos of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and others were published online. Lawrence said at the time the invasion was equivalent to a sex crime, and called for tougher laws.

A federal judge at a US district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, ordered Garofano to serve the prison term followed by three years of supervised release.

iCloud leaks of celebrity photos, aka "The Fappening".

Previously: Celebrity Nude Photographs - and Possibly The Flaw that Allowed Them to be Accessed
4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
Reddit Bans Page Where Celebrity Nude Photos were Shared


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by looorg on Monday September 01 2014, @07:14PM

    by looorg (578) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:14PM (#88171)

    I fail to see the point. You are already on the internet, you can see people fucking left right and center. Doing all the stuff you like, and some that you don't. All in 4k quality etc etc. What is so special about seeing some blurry cellphone celeb boob or cunt? I promise you that they look more or less the same as all the other boobs and cunts out there. Not much difference really. Sure the shape and size and stuff might alter slightly here and there. But it's not something amazing never before seen stuff.

    That said tho. Whyyyyyy do people keep doing this? It's not the first time celeb nudies leak online. If you don't know how technology works. Please don't use it.

    Also will Apple get sued now? For their apparently lacking security.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by c0lo on Monday September 01 2014, @07:41PM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @07:41PM (#88179) Journal

      If you don't know how technology works. Please don't use it.

      Huh? Really? You mean you really know how a magnetron works? Can you design one? If not, does it stop you to cook a healthier bacon [wikipedia.org] to perfection?

      Also will Apple get sued now? For their obvious lack of security.

      FTFY. And I hope so.

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by VLM on Monday September 01 2014, @07:45PM

        by VLM (445) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:45PM (#88181)

        You've thrown down the gauntlet with the bacon thing, and the ultimate way to cook bacon is on a wire rack in the oven for like 20 minutes at 400 or so. You have to keep a really close eye on it toward the end as the difference between undercooked and burned is like 120 seconds.

        I gave up on both the frying pan and the microwave for bacon once I mastered the oven technique.

        • (Score: 5, Funny) by c0lo on Monday September 01 2014, @08:23PM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @08:23PM (#88192) Journal

          I gave up on both the frying pan and the microwave for bacon once I mastered the oven technique.

          Next step - use an overclocked cryptocurrency rig to cook your bacon: at least you'll derive some secondary benefits and look nerdier.

          End notes:
          * you see, the 400K is not nearly enough for a crispy bacon. Hand over your nerd card if you use other temperature scale.
          * 20 min on my 3kW fan forced electric oven is a waste, no matter how perfectly the bacon cooks. I'd try an electron gun for a precise energy transfer, but the bremsstrahlung would kill me.

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
          • (Score: 3, Funny) by isostatic on Monday September 01 2014, @11:10PM

            by isostatic (365) on Monday September 01 2014, @11:10PM (#88240) Journal

            you see, the 400K is not nearly enough for a crispy bacon.

            True, but 640K should be enough for anyone

            • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday September 01 2014, @11:29PM

              by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @11:29PM (#88247) Journal

              True, but 640K should be enough for anyone

              Wolfram doesn't understand your query [wolframalpha.com].

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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
      • (Score: 1) by looorg on Monday September 01 2014, @07:56PM

        by looorg (578) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:56PM (#88186)

        [quote]Huh? Really? You mean you really know how a magnetron works? Can you design one? If not, does it stop you to cook a healthier bacon to perfection?[/quote]

        I do admit that I do not know exactly how a magnetron works. But then I don't even own a microwave oven so I don't really care. I have a fairly good grasp tho about how the common technologies I use and operate on a daily basis work. Also I'm not a bacon fan.

        But if I was to take pictures of my crotch with my phone, for some unknown reason. You better be sure I know how that works and where it would be stored.

        Also. Looking at the list of hundreds of celebnames. Who are all these people? A handful or so of them at best came to mind. Guess the rest of them are just teenpopstars and such. I'm to old for this ...

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday September 01 2014, @08:31PM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @08:31PM (#88193) Journal

          if I was to take pictures of my crotch with my phone [...] You better be sure I know how that works ...
          ...
          I'm to old for this ...

          What do you know how it works, your crotch? So... it does still work!? Congrats, young Padwan.
          (now... how does that saying go? You know, something with the lawn, but at this age I can't recall it that well)

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by c0lo on Monday September 01 2014, @07:17PM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @07:17PM (#88172) Journal

    (including Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Kaley Cuoco)

    I swear if you show me a picture I won't recognize any of them.
    What a waste of bitcoins.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
    • (Score: 3, Informative) by c0lo on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:22AM

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:22AM (#88278) Journal
      Wooohooo... got a flamebait mod... somebody took offence I'm not interested in today's celebs, not even naked.

      I was afraid the SN would be populated by geriatric sexless (potentially basement dwelling) beings, what a relief to see (is infer better?) otherwise

      (maybe a poll to indirectly assess the age distribution? Something like "first computer game you ever played" or "CPU make/model of the first computer you used, even if not owned"?)

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @01:41AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @01:41AM (#88316)

        Or somebody just decided "over-rated" wasn't enough to counter-act the equally insipid "insightful" mod that post got - as in your ignorance is of no consequence to anyone but yourself, certainly not brag worthy.

        • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:07AM

          by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:07AM (#88325) Journal

          as in your ignorance is of no consequence to anyone but yourself, certainly not brag worthy.

          What made you think I was bragging rather than expressing a simple fact? (same as "Last female actor that awake some interest Milla Jovovich - fortunately, I didn't need to search for naked pics of her", or "you know, if I'm interested in nudes or porn, I really don't care if the subjects are celebs or not. I dare anyone to recognize a celeb only by her private bits")

          Are you suggesting that knowledge in re. celebs are of larger than "but yourself" consequences, thus maybe brag-worthy?
          (is any poster here earning her/his bread as a gossip reporter? If so, I'm curious, how is it like? What satisfaction you derive? No, serious, I'm really curious, I simply don't get the fascination on "celebrities")

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:30PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:30PM (#88604)

            > What made you think I was bragging rather than expressing a simple fact?

            Potato, potato. Your own ignorance isn't worth expressing - it informs no one of anything even remotely useful or entertaining.
            You could say "I swear if you showed me an IP packet I wouldn't recognize it" and it would still be just as insipid.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PapayaSF on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:08AM

      by PapayaSF (1183) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:08AM (#88326)

      Frankly, I feel somewhat the same way. Reading the full list of names (at one of the links I included) made me go "Who?" for well over half of them. But you and I don't get to decide who other people think are celebrities, so I thought it was OK to refer to them that way.

      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:32AM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:32AM (#88334) Journal

        But you and I don't get to decide who other people think are celebrities,

        Ah, now I get it, thanks: it was the "waste of bitcoins" remark the one considered flamebait

        (I don't mind the mod, I was just puzzled why? If I would have realized it from the start, I'd have pushed the buttons all the way to troll level.
        You see, both celebs and Apple enjoy my very low consideration/respect as something significant in this world ;) )

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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoFiw2jMy-0 https://soylentnews.org/~MichaelDavidCrawford
    • (Score: 2) by bootsy on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:13PM

      by bootsy (3440) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:13PM (#88498)

      Round here I am known by my face.

      Oh, you meant you meant a picture with their head in it wearing clothes.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Monday September 01 2014, @07:18PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:18PM (#88173)

    I saw those pix on 4chan last night or the night before or whatever it was, and I was unimpressed... without a team of makeup artists and extensive photoshopping some of those women don't look as good as expected... can see some better stuff on /r/gonewild and a zillion other places any time. ms diggity whatever-her-name-is, just some random amateur chick on reddit, looks better than all of the celebrities. Don't get me wrong, solid 8/10 or better, I'd look if they walked by me in the hallway, but my reaction to the pix was "eh".

    /b/ being its usual /b/, "some" of the supposed pix are certain to be photoshops of the actress on someone elses body.

    Not having an iphone, I'm surprised iphones can't take video and/or chicks that are supposedly snap-happy camera pix takers in pix mode aren't making hot videos. This is reason #2 I think some (many?) are fakes. Where's the hot sexting logs and emails and videos and just random no pr0n pix.

    It sounds like typical trolling, and in a couple days we'll see all kinds of funny posts with collections of headlines of media that got fooled.

    There are "superfans" or whatever you call them on 4chan and reddit that can identify pr0n stars based on only small closeups of fun body parts, and I bet if they got to work we'd figure out who got photoshopped onto who's head. I have to say whoever is in the supposedly Ariana Grande over the shoulder pix, celebrity or not, is the most amazing pix of the bunch I saw, or rephrased, whoever that is, she should be famous.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by VLM on Monday September 01 2014, @07:50PM

      by VLM (445) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:50PM (#88184)

      "just random no pr0n pix"

      Here's another missing pix example I just thought of. Where's the drug use pix? And don't go telling me all of these chicks and all their friends "just say no to drugs". Not to mention hangovers. Of course those might be for sale to the highest (LOL) bidder and not public yet.

      And has anyone checked the metadata to make sure its realistic, I'd LOL if this supposed iDevice hack has pix taken with android phones or at the GPS coordinates of pr0n studios using pro camera gear.

      Finally an analysis of metadata would be interesting. Are celebrities taking pix of each other and if so, who is hooking up with who? Might be plenty of scandal there.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @10:50PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @10:50PM (#88230)

        Where's the drug use pix?

        There are no pictures of dudes either. Male celebs don't do this kinda thing? I find that hard to believe. I would assume there is a market for those kinda pictures to.

        • (Score: 2) by PapayaSF on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:15AM

          by PapayaSF (1183) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:15AM (#88329)

          There are no pictures of dudes either. Male celebs don't do this kinda thing? I find that hard to believe. I would assume there is a market for those kinda pictures to.

          1. A much, much smaller market.
          2. I suspect that even in Hollywood, male stars are less likely to take nude selfies.
          3. I suspect the hacker was a straight male, so he's going to prefer to look for photos of naked females instead of photos of naked males.
          • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:39AM

            by VLM (445) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:39AM (#88450)

            What about "action shots" of a couple? None? Weird.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @04:44AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @04:44AM (#88369)

        exiftool -datetimeoriginal -gpslatitude -gpslongitude -csv -r C:\torrents\The.Fappening > gpsdata.csv
        Raw output here: http://pastebin.com/vmjxTypJ [pastebin.com]

        Out of the 448 files on the torrent, most have all exif data stripped only 48 have GPS data. GPS data is available for the following people and covers approximately 8-10 locations
        -Ali Michael
        -Jessica Brown Findlay
        -Kate Upton

        You probably cant add much to the current scandal, but knock yourself out.

        Keep in mind: exif data can be easily forged. We don't know much about the people behind this, but chances are they're technically capable.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:32PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:32PM (#88194)

      JLaw came out of this looking good.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:39PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:39PM (#88195)

        > JLaw came out of this looking good.

        I agree. I thought her pics were adorable. Probably the most wholesome "dirty" selfies I've ever seen.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by dublet on Monday September 01 2014, @07:34PM

    by dublet (2994) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:34PM (#88177)

    It took literally one search on a well known search engine to find that the script mentioned in the summary & story is ibrute [github.com] by Hackapp. Security through obscurity is no security at all. In the latest reports, Apple has apparently already improved resilience against this brute force method.

    It should be noted that Hackapp deny any ibrute involvement in this [twitter.com].

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @07:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @07:44PM (#88180)

    the fix is known as "don't have a crappy fucken password".
    Come on - look at these:
    https://github.com/hackappcom/ibrute/blob/master/passlist.txt [github.com]
    449 Password1
            225 Princess1
            218 P@ssw0rd
            207 Passw0rd
            173 Michael1
            144 Blink182
            129 !QAZ2wsx
            126 Charlie1
            111 Anthony1
            103 1qaz!QAZ
    numbers are frequencies. How many of these dumb waste of space starlets do you think had "Princess1" as their password?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @08:45PM (#88196)

      > the fix is known as "don't have a crappy fucken password".

      No it isn't. The fix is a system that you don't have to be an expert to use.

      Good security systems take the hassle out of being secure, bad security systems create more hassle and thus encourage users to find ways to avoid the hassle like using easy passwords. It isn't the starlets that are "dumb wastes of space" it is the people who developed the crappy security system in the first place.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by nyder on Monday September 01 2014, @07:49PM

    by nyder (4525) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:49PM (#88183)
    • (Score: 1, Troll) by VLM on Monday September 01 2014, @07:55PM

      by VLM (445) on Monday September 01 2014, @07:55PM (#88185)

      I've got a link to one of the videos. Its pretty hot. Let me know what you think.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by nyder on Monday September 01 2014, @08:00PM

      by nyder (4525) on Monday September 01 2014, @08:00PM (#88189)
    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday September 01 2014, @10:46PM

      by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @10:46PM (#88226)
      And then you lot run off with their photos even though you'd be mad as shit if they belonged to you or a loved one. Dickheads.
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      🏳️‍🌈 Proud Ally 🏳️‍🌈
      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday September 01 2014, @10:56PM

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday September 01 2014, @10:56PM (#88233) Homepage

        I wouldn't, Tork. In fact this weekend I got a 24-hour ban from #soylent for posting links to nude images of myself.

        They wouldn't have banned me if I were Jennifer Lawrence doing the same thing.

        • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday September 01 2014, @11:25PM

          by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @11:25PM (#88243)
          If you're posting photos of yourself then we're not talking about the same thing, now are we? ;)
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          • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:42AM

            by VLM (445) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:42AM (#88451)

            From an experimental science perspective, some brave soul now has to re-post ethanol's selfies and see if the banhammer falls. Looks dangerous, someone else go first.

            I had enough fun trying to rickroll people. Just couldn't resist. That didn't work out very well.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:44PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:44PM (#88614)

          I wouldn't, Tork. In fact this weekend I got a 24-hour ban from #soylent for posting links to nude images of myself.

          Personally, I think you got off too easy. If it were up to me, I would have you banned for life for that kind of heinous act.

          They wouldn't have banned me if I were Jennifer Lawrence doing the same thing.

          Very true. Very true.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @10:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @10:01PM (#88209)
    This episode showed just how many 'adults' on the internet are pathetic sad lil kids.

    And that makes me laugh. A lot.
    • (Score: 2) by mtrycz on Monday September 01 2014, @10:32PM

      by mtrycz (60) on Monday September 01 2014, @10:32PM (#88219)

      Well they're not pathetic just over the internet. They exist, somewhere in the world, in their pathetic existence.

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    • (Score: 1, Troll) by nyder on Monday September 01 2014, @10:41PM

      by nyder (4525) on Monday September 01 2014, @10:41PM (#88224)

      What I find funny is all the people who act like their shit don't stink and they wouldn't download those pics. And yet, knowing humans like I do, I'm going to guestimate that at least 75% of you are downloading the pics.

      I'm not scared to be who I am.

      • (Score: 1) by looorg on Monday September 01 2014, @10:48PM

        by looorg (578) on Monday September 01 2014, @10:48PM (#88228)

        ... knowing humans like I do, I'm going to guestimate that at least 75% of you are downloading the pics.

        For research. Nothing else. I had to verify my previous claims about them being all, or at least mostly, blurry cellphone pics. I was right. After all I don't want to come of like some internet douche that don't know what he is talking about ...

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:11AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:11AM (#88270)

          Huh?
          I don't know what you downloaded, but while they are mostly cellphone pics the quality is great. Modern iphones take great pictures. They aren't professionally lit or anything, but 95% of them are top quality for amateur shots.

      • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday September 01 2014, @11:30PM

        by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 01 2014, @11:30PM (#88248)
        It isn't the messenger that makes your behavior wrong.
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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @11:34PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 01 2014, @11:34PM (#88254)
        i looked. said "meh, average tittys".
        and moved on.

        but most of the internet spent the entire day obsessed with it. will likely go on all week.
        • (Score: 2) by Popeidol on Tuesday September 02 2014, @03:45AM

          by Popeidol (35) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @03:45AM (#88351) Journal

          It'll go on all week because somebody seems to be dripfeeding content, with promises of more in the future.

          Usually that means they're trying to maximise publicity or income. No group has owned up to it yet and there's been no publicised way to get in contact with the owners to offer them money, so we have yet to see whether there's any underlying plan here. I'm interested to see whether they're going to try to sell exclusives to "news" companies, or set up a kickstarter-style effort (every x bitcoin that arrives in this wallet means a new pic!) or whether it's truly just for the lulz.

          How this plays out will probably be a lot more interesting than the pictures themselves.

      • (Score: 2) by VLM on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:54AM

        by VLM (445) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:54AM (#88454)

        "What I find funny is all the people who act like their shit don't stink"

        I'm with nyder on this 100%. Its exactly like how if you want to find gay congressmen you look for the loudest homophobic republican and I guarantee that type is getting pounded in the ole docking port every night by some other dude or swapped positions, even worse often just a kid not adult.

        When I was in the Army it was the same way, loud homophobic speech was repeatedly demonstrated to be a homo mating call, the louder two guys were about hating gays, the more likely you'd catch the two of them together with their pants down.

        And they never take well to having this pointed out or laughing at them, however funny the situation.

        Being a straight guy I don't entirely understand, but I think its along the lines of going way overboard on an attempt to camouflage such that you find the most camouflaged dude in the group, you Know exactly what he's up to and trying to hide/distract. I'm certain that the louder the complainer about the nudes, the more likely they got them open in another tab at the instant they're typing.

  • (Score: 1) by cngn on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:16AM

    by cngn (1609) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:16AM (#88276)

    Everyone's a voyeur to some degree

    It's just a case of how much you willing to do to get a peek, grabbing a ladder to look over yer neighbor's fence, may just be a step too far, but if they lie in full view of you in their bikini, I wouldn't stop my self from looking...and if they smelt like Bacon, that would be the cherry on top...

  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:31AM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:31AM (#88283)

    Would be the name of my new band, if we were chicks.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:54AM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @02:54AM (#88340) Journal

    I am not one of those guys who hunts for the Kim Kardashian sex tape or that sort of thing. I once ran IT for a major awards show and interacted with a whole bunch of celebrities in the after-party, and boy did it take the shine off that entire class of human. I found them intensely boring and narcissistic. Stands to reason, right?

    But I did look these up out of curiosity to see if they were real, ie., "cloud" computing is generally unsafe and something like this could happen, but it could also have been faked as part of a viral marketing campaign for something. My impression of the videos and stills is that they are genuine, because they contain human moments I have witnessed many times with the women in my life. The shots where they're holding their breasts with a pouty face, because they think they're flawed somehow. The casual nudity of a lazy afternoon in bed. The shots of them trying on different bathing suits in a dressing room for their boyfriend's opinion. So ultimately I didn't find them titillating but human. As such, there's not a whole lot for any of them to be ashamed of, especially when you consider that they are exhibitionists by nature, being models and actresses.

    Perhaps that demystification is the biggest offense, in their minds. They like to weave a mystique around themselves that has a direct connection to their paychecks. Being revealed as merely human, without makeup on, trying on a bikini that makes her tummy look saggy, might hurt their bottom line.

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    • (Score: 2) by gallondr00nk on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:02AM

      by gallondr00nk (392) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @11:02AM (#88446)

      Absolutely right, this is demystification - human beings in being human shocker. It cuts through the mythos and aura of being a celebrity, but we base entire newspapers around that now, so it's nothing new.

      There's an Ars article [arstechnica.com] that surprised me in just how preachy and puritanical it was. It takes the attitude that "well, you shouldn't take naked photos on your phone".

      Why? Because cloud services (unless you use something like Tarsnap) are inherently flawed? Surely that's a criticism of the services themselves, not how people use them.

      We expect celebrities to be perfect, and when they aren't it's sprawled across the gutter press for our own titillation or righteous indignation. The whole circus is pathetic.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:36PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @07:36PM (#88609)

      > Perhaps that demystification is the biggest offense, in their minds.

      You wrote all that about how these photos prove that these woman are humans just like any other woman, but then your conclusion is some hardcore objectification rather than the obvious conclusion that, just like any other human, they don't like losing control of their private lives. That just like anyone else who were to have photos of them at their most intimate and unguarded shown to the rest of the world, they are unhappy with the simple fact that someone took something close and personal from them without their permission.

      What is wrong with you?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by SlimmPickens on Tuesday September 02 2014, @04:04AM

    by SlimmPickens (1056) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @04:04AM (#88361)

    I've never heard of imagur before but after this I decided to have a look. According to this [imgur.com] it's been happening on the so-called deep web for years, but few knew about it and you needed original pics to "buy in". That would explain why no-one seems to have all the pics and why some of the celebs are confused because the pics got deleted years ago.

    Some guy bought a few pics with bitcoins and blew the lid on the whole thing.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by TheRaven on Tuesday September 02 2014, @10:35AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @10:35AM (#88440) Journal
    Whenever I read the phrase 'in the cloud' I mentally substitute 'on someone else's computer'. If more people did the same, this wouldn't happen. 'Shall I put nude photos of myself in the cloud?' sounds a lot more plausibly like a sensible idea than 'shall I put nude photos of myself on someone else's computer?'.
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PizzaRollPlinkett on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:52PM

    by PizzaRollPlinkett (4512) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @12:52PM (#88472)

    When I was growing up, I imagined technological progress in many ways. Helpful, friendly droids doing chores and errands. Computers to relieve the drudgery of manual mathematical calculations. Space exploration. New frontiers of science. An explosion of human knowledge, available to everyone.

    And, yet, here we are in 2014, and all we can think to do with technology is ... this.

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    • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Jtmach on Tuesday September 02 2014, @03:07PM

      by Jtmach (1481) on Tuesday September 02 2014, @03:07PM (#88527)

      FTFY

      And, yet, here we are in 2014, and all we can think to do with technology is tits.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @09:50PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @09:50PM (#88666)

      > And, yet, here we are in 2014, and all we can think to do with technology is ... this.

      (1) Don't be an ass, the entire western world runs on technology, we've thought to do far far more with technology than "this."
      (2) Sex is the one universal form of social interaction, of course it is all over the internet and that is a great thing. Leave your moralizing bullshit to the ayatollahs.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @01:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02 2014, @01:14PM (#88479)

    I randomly loaded the Kim Kardashian pic, and all I got was a huge screen full of giantic, unnatural, mutant ass .