There are a lot of topics with regard to security, attempting to paint a picture that everyone is entitled to it. And everyone is. When security is breached, it takes a whole new meaning depending on what has been mined.
On 1 September, an account on the website 4Chan posted hundreds of A-list celebrity photos. These weren’t photos from a camping trip or something, they were revealing photos. ‘selfies’ probably taken for a loved one or for personal reasons. How these images were obtained was a mystery.
The photos were personal photos of celebrities that included The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, actor and singer Ariana Grande and Kate Upton just to mention a few . Some of the images were deemed to be fake but others were confirmed to be real. This led to what is being called The “Celebgate”
Most of these images went viral(not surprisingly), some even going for sale.
Possibilities leading to this breach have been pointing to Apple’s cloud services iCloud. A cloud service that stores photos and videos from users’ devices. Apple has been tirelessly working with the FBI to bring the perpetrators to justice who have yet to be found.
In a report, Apple has confirmed that some of the images were obtained from the victims’ accounts but this was not a system-wide breach. This was a targeted breach where hacking software was used to obtain passwords and relative security answers.
Accounts and images related to this scandal have already been taken down on Twitter and other online sites. A take-down notice was issued as soon as the next day.
The lesson we draw from this is nothing new. Always remember to use a secure password. If a two-step authentication service is available, use it. Make the most out of the security services available because nothing ever really is as safe as you think it might be. A secure password contains characters and numbers that make it hard to guess your password.
Hackers and phishers don’t always target your credit card details alone. Heartbleed showed a great deal about that. They can steal your Facebook credentials, and post inappropriate or sensitive information on your wall. They could also end up selling your credentials online.
Sensitive content of this nature cannot be equated to the “leaking” tapes from our local institutions that seem to be churned by the hundreds. These types of leaks can potentially damage their careers from the ground up. For the most part, this serves as a lesson that the internet is broken, the world is broken. Do your part to fix this by securing your information.
Had any experiences where your passwords, credentials or accounts have been compromised? Please leave it in the comments below