Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, 98 other celebs' nude photos leaked online

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Minimalist, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Minimalist

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    It could have been a vulnerability in the Find My iPhone service with respect to brute force attack.
    At least that is what The Next Web site is saying:
    http://thenextweb.com/apple/2014/09...aw-that-led-to-celebrity-photos-being-leaked/

    Dutch site Tweakers has an article about it (in Dutch):
    http://tweakers.net/nieuws/98155/wa...en-via-brute-force-aanval-te-achterhalen.html
     
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    I didn´t even know that so many women feel the need to make these kinda pictures, it´s not very classy. Supposedly it´s also a big problem on "high schools" over here in Holland. :thumbd:
     
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    I've met more than a few people who were having problems controlling their pictures. From the descriptions it sounded as though the probable cause involved an app, sync feature, or whatever that was automatically and transparently uploading things to a cloud account. That type of scenario would be notably different than one where uploads involve an explicit and unavoidable prompt or extra step.

    I find it interesting that this occurs around the time that Apple is making a seemingly big push. HealthKit, iAds, the payment system... I think each is guaranteed to result in an increase in the amount of (sensitive) information that is being shared, the number of (third) parties it is being shared with, and the amount that is processed/stored in the cloud.
     
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    Some posts removed.

    The subject material in this thread is borderline for these forums. Don't make it worse.
     
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    http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/09/what-jennifer-lawrence-can-teach-you-about-cloud-security/
     
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    With previous incidents of celebrities having their "private videos" and cellphones hacked one would think they would be a little more careful (knowing that they are probably more likely to get targeted than an "average person"). What is so hard about storing private data offline in an encrypted usb/harddrive (that is not connected to a computer all the time), that would probably been enough not to have stuff like this happening and usb/harddrives today are extremely cheap if all you intend to store is some (decent quality) images of yourself naked.
     
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    This should absolutely teach anyone not to put anything personal in the cloud. What did they think was going to happen? And even if this didn't happen, do they think nobody is looking at their stuff? It's someone else's server. You know somebody has access to it that isn't you.
     
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    If celebrities (and people in general) weren't obsessed with selfies, especially nude ones, material like these pictures wouldn't exist to be leaked. The issues of trusting someone elses server, data leaks in transit, unauthorized access, etc are just details. The problem is much simpler. They're betrayed by their own vanity. Selfies are the ultimate expression of that vanity. AFAIC, they caused their own problem when they created them and deserve what they get.
     
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    Yes, but since this is a security forum those details are the point of this discussion. Personal judgements will no doubt bring and end to it.
     
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    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/fbi-apple-investigating-celebrity-photo-hacks/
     
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    In one respect, that's true. By the same token, it also shows that technology can't protect people from themselves.
     
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    Yes, and it's dangerous to make assumptions about technology that one doesn't understand. It's even more dangerous to delegate such matters to "experts" without making sure that they understand the technology and its limitations.

    These breaches affected a bunch of celebrities, and they obviously feel violated and hurt. But as more and more confidential data moves into the cloud, analogous errors in judgment will affect millions of innocent parties.
     
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    I would say these hackers are badly misusing their skills. Those people had a right to privacy as much as anyone else. They should have put those skills to better use like getting evidence from the IRS in the United States for the targeting of conservative groups. The IRS claims more than 30 hard drives has crashed, and that those crashes resulted in all data being lost in order to not comply with an investigation. Anyone knowledgeable at all in data security knows this is not possible. Where is anonymous, and other so called human rights hackers now?
     
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    I bet the virus writers are having a field day with these nude celebrity leaks. You can guarantee they are linking some of their handy work with these photos, and vids. The best way to spread a virus is to associate it with the most popular trend on the web.
     
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    Currently, the blame game is key - was it Apple's iCloud service, was it the failings of the same Celebs who practice poor security judgement and had simply not had 2FA turned on ?

    Apple are currently denying it was their fault.
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/2/6098107/apple-denies-icloud-breach-celebrity-nude-photo-hack

    Some compelling stuff from Wired Mag how a Police tool was used for the pic robbery.
    http://www.wired.com/2014/09/eppb-icloud/

    Celeb photo hacks could not have come at a worse time for Apple.
    http://www.wired.com/2014/09/the-celebrity-photo-hacks-couldnt-have-come-at-a-worse-time-for-apple/

    More to come
     
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    Maybe someone is playing games with Apple's share price.
     
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    But haven't we heard that 2FA has been bypassed as well? And as others have said, we hand over the data to someone else's server. I'm not anti-cloud, but everyone should take precautions by encrypting the data properly all by yourself.
     
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    I disagree. They exposed a security issue, and acted in a way that will cause people to take it seriously. It sucks for the victims, but I bet a lot of people are more careful with their stuff.
     
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