It seems that hackers and some lowlifes of the world wide web are running amok again. A number of nude celebrity images, purported to be stolen from iCloud accounts, have been leaked on 4Chan, a website — to quote from Star Wars — famous for being “a wretched hive of scum and villainy”. It is not clear how many celebrities have been targeted this time, but so far images of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried are among the bunch that has been leaked on 4Chan. The images have been also shared on Reddit.
While in some photos the Hollywood celebrities are pictured half naked, a few others are extremely explicit. Photos of another actor, Jillian Murray, have also been leaked. The posts at 4Chan have hinted that photos of more celebrities will be leaked in the coming days. The 4Chan users have dubbed the latest leaks the Fappening 2.0, drawing parallels with similar leaks in 2014 that happened after hackers broke into the iCloud accounts of Hollywood celebrities.
It is not clear if the images leaked this week are from the bunch that was stolen earlier or whether this is due some fresh breach in the iCloud accounts. Most celebrities use iPhone and most of the time they unknowingly upload (or backup) their private photos in iCloud servers, opening a door to such leaks.
A spokesperson for Emma Watson confirmed to media outlets in the US that some leaked images of the actor were real. “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further,” BuzzFeed wrote, quoting the spokesperson.
The leak of private photos and videos has become commonplace nowadays. And much fault for that lies with Apple, which makes the iPhone, and Google, which provides Android, for millions of smartphones. These phones often come with backup feature, which are complicated to use and on most occasions are turned on by default. This means that whenever a user clicks photos, those images are automatically backed up in Google or Apple and most of the time the users don’t even realise it.
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