Hackers hacked iCloud and laid out intimate photos of 100 Hollywood stars
Candid photos of Hollywood stars, including actress Kirsten Dunst, singer Rihanna, star of Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence and others, appeared in universal access. It is assumed that the pictures of the girls were abducted as a result of hacking iCloud.
As BuzzFeed reports, in addition to Lawrence and Rihanna, photos were also allegedly stolen from Mary Kate Olsen, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton and others. On many images, the stars appeared in an unfamiliar view - without make-up, and sometimes even half-naked. It is not clear yet whether all the photographs are genuine. In total, the list of affected celebrities has more than 100 names.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whose pictures were also on the network, confirmed their authenticity, noting that these photos were deleted a long time ago. "I can only guess what terrible efforts have been made to this," she added.
Representative Jennifer Lawrence also actually confirmed the authenticity of the images, calling the hacking "a flagrant violation of privacy." He threatened to prosecute both the hackers themselves, and those who want to spread candid photos of the actress.
Over the past few months, hackers around the world have carried out a lot of cyber attacks, as a result of which the data of celebrities, politicians and companies were hacked or stolen. There are also opinions about how a loud scandal may affect Apple, even if not all participants of the plum used "apple" devices.
Closing the vulnerability
As it became known, Apple closed the vulnerability in iCloud, through which hackers stole intimate photos of celebrities.
Removing photos from the Internet
The leak of intimate photos of show business stars, which occurred on September 1, has already entered the history of the Internet. On the Web, as stated on various sources, the intimate shots of almost a hundred Hollywood celebrities have flowed away.
Among the famous victims are Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Kara Delevin, Avril Lavigne, Selena Gomez, Winona Ryder, Keith Bosworth, Amber Hurd and many others. Some victims claim that the leaked photos are not them. Although images are quickly removed from large online storages and blogs, they can not be removed from anywhere from the Internet.
Who kidnapped the photo?
The first mention of the pictures appeared on August 26 on an anonymous image board anon-ib.com, It.tut tells. Someone offered to buy pictures, leaving the email address email@example.com. Knowledge of the source and even the address of the mail is unlikely to help the investigation - to hide the geographical location of the author of the publication, and even more so the person on the Internet, is easy.
On September 1, pictures began to scatter over the Internet from the anonymous 4chan imageboard and the collective blog Reddit. One of the users of Reddit found that someone under the nickname BluntMastermind publishes new pictures before other sources. Another user in the screenshot with the "announcement" of the new photos offered for sale saw the name of the home network and the names of the computers in it - according to this information, by searching Google, he allegedly calculated the names and work place of the distributor. The first user continued the investigation and found accounts with these names on Facebook, Steam and LinkedIn.
"Accused" users of Reddit was the engineer-programmer Brian Hamad from Georgia, USA. Hamad in an interview with the Daily Mail announced his non-involvement in the hacking. "I'm not behind all this. I lied to someone at Reddit in an attempt to sell for bitcoins a photo-inscribed picture, "he said. However, the publication notes that Hamad was capable of hacking: on the website of the company where he works, Hamad is described as a technical expert and specialist in PHP, MySQL and Java. Note that the investigation of Reddit users does not make Hamad the official defendant of the crime.
Two days before the leak, a representative of the hacker group HackApp published a script on PasteBin, which allows selecting a password for iCloud. Vulnerability allowed using the "Find iPhone" service to secretly pick up the password using the bruteforce method. Already on September 1, the vulnerability was closed by Apple.
The first reports of hacking appeared before the script was published. Evidence that all photos were stolen from iCloud is also not. Theoretically it is possible, but in practice it is very difficult to establish who tried to select passwords to accounts, if it was done through the specified script.
It can also be assumed that hackers did not use the script for bruteforce, but phishing techniques, spreading malicious links in e-mails (for example, by inviting to a VIP event). In this case, the attacker will be difficult to calculate to technical specialists.
There may be more than one person involved in the case: the author of the script or the Trojan may not be connected with hackers who hacked "star accounts", hackers could not publish the pictures themselves, but resell them, and the resale chain can consist of many links.
One way or another, an attacker (or a group of intruders) faces a considerable time. The organizer of the "star leak" in September 2011, who published the stolen intimate photos of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of 72,000 dollars, although the accusation for 21 items provided for up to 121 years in prison in total.
Is the goal achieved?
Information from the mail boxes of stars, and especially from cloud storage - such as iCloud, interests hackers simply out of vanity, experts say. Information security specialist Infowatch has already called the leak of intimate photo stars "the biggest scandal in the history" of this kind. It's not for nothing that American intelligence services have joined the investigation, which together with Apple continue to look for a hacker, which became the cause of the loudest "plum" on the Internet.
"The FBI is aware of reports that relate to computer intrusion and the illegal publication of materials with the participation of famous persons," the Wall Street Journal quotes the statement of the special services. Apple also announced participation in the investigation of the incident. "We take the privacy of users very seriously and study these reports," Cupertino said.
About the stage at which the investigation of the circumstances of the high-profile case is at present not yet reported, but it is known that the attacker himself or people acting on his behalf are not afraid to publicly address Internet users and even ask them for money for such " feats. " In his appeal, the attacker stated that he did not engage in Internet hacking, but simply "collected" photos collected from different sources, the nature of which the "collector" himself did not specify. Later, the alleged thief promised to publish more photos of naked stars - for donations from Internet users.
"People want ****** for free," the IB Times quotes a self-proclaimed "hacker" as saying. - Of course, I got $ 120 for my bitcoin-purse and how much money (I paid a lot through the bitcoin system to get some photosets), I really did not get what I hoped for. " Is this self-proclaimed "hacker" the real reason for hacking, or is it just a rascal who decided to cash in on someone else's adventure, is unclear.
Archive of candid photos of celebrities
The archive of candid photos of celebrities can be found here . Note that the hackers posted on the Web so far the smallest part of the photos from all. The remaining pictures are intended to show the attackers in the near future for bitcoins.
Apple, for its part, did not comment on the situation, but reacted by closing the vulnerability in the "Find the iPhone" feature, which was used by hackers. It is reported that hackers were able to hack iCloud by selecting a password for accounts, which took some time. In this regard, according to one version, the conflict was deliberately planned before the release of the iPhone 6 by competitors.
Comments of celebrities themselves
I def took the 1st pic w / a robe; weight loss, chronicle, but the second, sorry freaks, is not me. I wish I had that space between my thighs.-? Jill Scott? (@missjillscott) September 4, 2014
Thank you iCloud ????- Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014
To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.- Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
These are the so-called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me tell you in this bud right now. * pun intended *- Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender.- Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
to every1 going on about my "nudes" & my "m & g prices" are are real! my lil ass is a lot of cuter than that of lmao & tour details r comin soon- Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
Do not worry worry, it would just be photos of food. pic.twitter.com/Ol1RChRM9S- Anna Kendrick (@ AnnaKendrick47) September 1, 2014
Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is that such lack of empathy.- Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 1, 2014
Shame on you if you think that because of the woman's beauty.- Ashley Madekwe (@smashleybell) September 1, 2014