On Sunday, stolen pictures and explicit digital-video clips of dozens of naked celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, the year-old Academy Award—winning star of Silver Linings Playbook, the Hunger Games franchise, and many other films, were made public. The photos were posted anonymously to image boards such as 4chan and AnonIB and placed on file-sharing services. Much of the ensuing online discussion well summarized by Samantha Allen at the Daily Beast essentially came down to this simple exchange of views:. Eager moralists said that the stars had it coming: Don't take naked pictures with your phone if you don't want them online.
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After over of images of female Hollywood stars were leaked in August and again in mid-September, hackers have ignored a widepsread outcry in support of the victims, and released a third wave of private and intimate images. The phrase describes the process by which a hacker steals naked photographs of celebrities and then publishes them on image sharing sites like 4Chan in exchange for Bitcoins. In the first wave, women were affected — one of the most high-profile being Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide. As the speed at which photos are shared online means they are distributed faster than anyone a delete them.
On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and Internet users referred to under names such as " The Fappening " a portmanteau of the words "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and " Celebgate ", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity. The leak also prompted increased concern from analysts surrounding the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. The images were obtained via the online storage offered by Apple 's iCloud platform for automatically backing up photos from iOS devices, such as iPhones. There are claims that unreleased photos and videos exist. The hacker responsible for the leak, who described themselves as being a "collector", distributed the leaked images on the image boards 4chan and Anon-IB in exchange for Bitcoin.
Skip navigation! Story from News. Unfortunately, Watson and Seyfried's privacy has been compromised, thanks to the work of online hackers. This recent hack eerily coincides with the release of an alleged sex tape featuring actress Mischa Barton. With such egregious affronts to privacy becoming commonplace, it's clear that women celebrities are being especially targeted by hackers and trolls. But how much do you know about the history of such attacks? Will the real Pete Davidson, please stand up?