Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

“If you thought that the hugely successful iPhone 6 launch would help Apple move past the controversy surrounding nude celerity photos that were stolen from hacked iCloud accounts, think again,” Brad Reed reports for BGR.

TMZ reported on Saturday that a fresh round of stolen celebrity photos popped up on 4Chan and included pictures of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo and Jennifer Lawrence,” Reed reports. “This marks the second major cache of nude celebrity photos that have hit the Internet following an earlier hack that included pictures of Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Upton, Mary E. Winstead and many others.”

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    1. It’s very tempting to take pictures of your naked body if you admire yourself a little bit more than average. Taking photos of yourself, selfies, and watch them in company is as funny as recording your voice and listen to it with someone. Is that my voice? Do I really sound like that? Do I really look that fat/slim/pretty/ugly/diserable? And for our generation, what other way we know to better share this fun with someone but by social networks and technology we use everyday?

        1. My thought exactly. There is a simple solution to this problem, celebrities should stop using iPhones! “Get on Android! Keep your nudies private.” I’m seeing a huge ad campaign here. And I’m a tiny bit turned-on by the possible fallout.

        1. Well, more or less, yes, you’re correct. Do you genuinely believe that every user of any age knows exactly how to use Photos app, iPhotos, Camera roll, Photos in streaming, iCloud and security features? Apple makes its best to build intuitive interfaces, but it never includes a concise manual in its products, you have to download it yourself, and many people are lazy and my generation doesn’t like to read anyway. As for narcissism, why am I allowed to recognize beauty in someone else’s figure and not in mine? And if I am allowed to recognize beauty or defects in my nude figure, why can’t I share a photo of it with a beloved one? These pics are mean to be private, don’t forget it. This is privacy invasion for the sake of profits or pleasure. Decent people don’t enter into someone else’s room before asking for permission, even though the door is not locked.

          1. This discussion is great. And you are making good points in my opinion. Some people really are beautiful works of nature, and we live in a world with a lot of strained concepts of right and wrong. People thousands of years ago made fabulous statues of idealized physical beauties, and if they had had photography then, there might have been a lot more pictures and a lot fewer statues.

          2. Are you for real? Am I on Candid Message Boards again?


            You can view at all the naked pictures of yourself you want, and I’ll be the first person to stand with you if anyone tries to tell you that you cannot. If you put these pictures somewhere they can be found by others though, you have no right to expect privacy.

            Rule 1: The Doctor Lies.

            Rule 2: Don’t put anything on a computer, especially a networked computer that you don’t want made public.

            Rue 3: Recognizing that Rule 2 is impractical these days, understand the extremely basic rules of security starting off with creating secure passwords and not using them in multiple places.

            Rule 4: Don’t be so naive as to think that once you’ve shared a nude picture of yourself with someone that they won’t share it with others. At the very least, they will not be as careful with your picture(s) as you, and you just sent it to them through the Internet!!!!

            This is the real world. If I don’t want someone in my room, I lock it and lock it good. If I leave the door open, I have no right to expect that someone won’t come in, whether I like it or not. These are aspects of being and adult.

            Finally, sitting around looking at naked pictures of yourself is vanity. Right now I’m beginning to suspect that you’re so vain you think this conversation is about you? Don’t you?

            The admiration of one’s own physical attributes is not terribly attractive.

            1. Though I’m not at all a computer illiterate, I really appreciate your recommendations. I think people around here may benefit from them too. But I think you’re wrong in something.

              You ask me no to keep private information in my computer. Are you for real?? When I read that sentence I couldn’t but LOL. This devices are not vacuums! A computer is the modern man’s (and girl’s) best friend. You pour your whole life into it! Your affairs, your profession, your passion. Fortunately, you recommend to reinforce our passwords, good. Have you ever tried to set up Apple Two Steps Verification and have you used it? It’s a pain in the @55. My generation (not me, ok?) and many people of any age are lazy, they have little patience, they don’t tolerate pain a lot, they don’t read. They just unwrap their iPhones and start using them at once. That’s all! Most of those people (me included) expect certain degree of privacy by default and the provisions of the manufacturer to attain it. Are we wrong to trust the doctor? Yeah, may be. But I am not certainly the bad gal here just to consider myself pretty and take off my clothes inside my house, in front of my loved one and using my iPhone and my iCloud to keep pics of this lovely moment.

              Vanity is not evil. Vanity rules the world. You buy the best shoes, the best glasses, the best car, the best home, the best university you can afford, you get the best girlfriend (or man) your talents can attract, and guess why? For vanity. You’re not talking to angels here. To be the best, have the best, being happy in this material world is plain vanity because everything will disappear soon no matter what. Mean time, enjoy your beauty!

              I’m beginning to suspect that you suffer from a very, very poor self esteem induced by your parents when they broke into your room without knocking at your door and found you in a very intimate activity and they blame on you for not locking the door good. Suffer no more. They were the transgressors, not you. You, naturally, expected some privacy inside your room.

            2. “…When I read that sentence I couldn’t but LOL …”

              You should have kept reading. Rule 3 indicates its not practical.

              Nonetheless, you’re basically making an excuse that people are too stupid to be held responsible for their actions. Oh well then, they deserve what happens to them. Lazy you say? They deserve the consequences. Attention spans no longer than a gnat’s ass? Perhaps they are ill equipped for society in general.

              Whether narcissism is evil or not depends on the level. It seems to be an attribute of sociopaths and psychopaths. If you’re taking naked pictures of yourself to admire, I don’t think that’s evil, it’s just a queer way of seeking gratification, typically associated with an unhealthy level of arrogance. Of all the things to have pride in about yourself, your looks should be one of the lowest. After all, you didn’t do that. Genetics did.

              Your idea that vanity rules the world is an indication that you might need to seek help. How can you possibly think such bizarre twisted thought. Vanity does not rule anything, except your own personal private little world of inflated self importance. They write books about people like you. YOU may be ruled by vanity, but not the world.

              “…Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration….”

              I suspect you might fit into this category.

              Bottom line: If you take butt nekkid pics of yerself youngling, and put them on a network, ASSUME they will be acquired by other people. But then, if you’re so beautiful, why would you care? Clearly you’re here for the enjoyment of the world!

            3. You seem like a nice guy to me. But this thread has wore out. Just for the record:

              I’m not defending anyone here, I’m just making a statement, giving the facts that I believe how people and young people are these days. You get what you deserve, oh! how much I agree with you! But, being lazy or naive and having fun with pics of your OWN nudity doesn’t makes you a maroon, like the first intervention in this thread tries to make you think or your first intervention do too, nor it gives you the right to blame on me if those pics pop up in public. I am the victim. There’s a violator of privacy out there, you should stand by my side if you were a gentleman.

              And to finish, I never, ever in any of my interventions here, stated that I am beautiful; I’ve just maintained that I CONSIDER myself pretty, I admire myself more than average people admire themselves because I’m not tied to prejudice, traumas, useless morals, envy, and, more important, I accept myself as I am and my naked body with all its defects. Is it vanity? Be it. If you knew me, you may easily say something like, “so? this is all there is?”, about my looks. And maybe you’d be right, but if ever by chance you like me and you like what you see, no, it wasn’t made by genetics. It’s been a long and painful work at the gym and eating the right food.

              Try to love you for a change.
              See you in other thread.

      1. narcissism…some studies show different outcomes, to the extend of psychopath inclination. Women take 4.6 times as many selfies as men do…..more selfies “during sex” etc. “Reassurance of worth”?

      1. The ‘batch’ has been dated all the way back to 2011. These are NOT necessarily new pictures. They’re just an amassed pile of them gathered together by someone or other for the sake of dumping en masse into very public spaces on the Internet.

        The useful question is WHY this person decided to dump these variously stolen photos at this particular time. Could it be because they’re PAID by one of the cheap wannabe competitors with Apple? The knockoff makers? I’d believe it.

        In any case: There remains at this time ZERO evidence that this has anything to do with Apple. Instead, everything points to it having to do with:
        1) Guessable passwords (taking into account that ‘dictionary attacks’ these days are extremely sophisticated and fast over the Internet).
        2) Phishing attacks whereby suckers are socially engineered into handing over their passwords to hackers.

        It’s entirely possible that old Apple account vulnerabilities, again as far back as 2011, allowed some other method of breaking into accounts. As far as we know, all of those routes of hacking have been closed. So far there is no indication of a ‘zero day’ attack ongoing right now. (‘Zero day’ refers to a security vulnerability that is unknown in public but known to hackers).

        Amusing: My mom’s iCloud account got hacked into last night. The reason why appears to be her fairly simple password. We changed it tonight. I might as well share what she used so you can see how well the dictionary attacks are working:


        Apparently, that’s hackable by a dictionary attack. I guided her in creating something diabolical to replace it.

        1. Absolutely! I’m in the process of setting up a new iMac for some PC users who’ve had enough Winduhz Hell and attacks. Their PC is compromised big time. In the process of the switch the woman was telling me some of their normal passwords like the words “pretty” “beautiful” and “auto.” WOW, JUST WOW—and they aren’t the first I’ve dealt with to do this. Plus last night I suspect I may be dealing with one of their old Apple ID’s that may have been stolen as well. UGH! I said “Ah, that’s going to change, right now.” So if these naked bimbos (and I am a woman so I feel more free to call them that) are using similar dumbass passwords they are going to get hacked, and esp if they are on a PC they are going to get hacked. And after all the warnings everywhere and the websites like this one that save you from yourself, what can you do to wake these people up? Stop blaming Apple.

        1. However, Apple’s investigation showed that FindMyiPhone and the IBrute script was not the means of break-in to any of the “hacked” accounts. Instead, they were compromised by the very prosaic means of having simple to discover security questions, learnable from any Fanzine, such as “What was the model of your first car?” and “What was your paternal Grandfather’s first name?” that allowed the invader to merely change their password from the “I forgot my password” screen. A little simple research on the celebrity, impossible to do on us nobodies, but dead easy for the pop star crowd, and they could break in, steal what they want.

          The other issue is that many of these images never were on Apple’s iCloud servers. They came from other hacked sources. . . collected over years.

          1. Exactly! In a small town half your high school knows who your best friend was, the street you lived on, your favorite teacher, your first car. But you hope your friends are honest! 🙂 If you’re a public figure, someone can look all that stuff up and keep plugging them in until they hit it right. The best way to answer these is INCORRECTLY, with made up info. And the very common one for banks is “What’s your Mother’s maiden name?” Again EASY TO FIND. Don’t use your mother’s maiden name use your Father’s Mother’s Maiden name or make up one!

      2. “But are these new hacks or part of the original batch?”
        Neither. Because they are not HACKS. Hacking, as such, requires computer chops.

        “the press wants to trot this story out each time a new batch”
        I wouldn’t grace TMZ with the appellation “the press”. More like “trash peddlers”.

  1. What’s amazing is that the press wants to trot this story out each time a new batch of photos is released. This could go on pretty much forever is my guess, gradually going from the well-known the obscure. What is the BFD? We all know how it happened; social engineering matched with insecure passwords. Get over it and get on with life. It’s no longer a scandal.

    1. Yeah this is a retread of someone’s original stash and not a new breach. These sites prefer to pretend it’s something new than a rehash of something that’s already been corrected. These writers ever hear of the word “clarification?”

    2. Yeah, but they never, ever take into consideration that the stupid effin’ “artist” didn’t have the brains to think ahead before posting them – then again, “brains” and “artists” don’t mix very well, do they?. All it is going to do is bash AAPL tomorrow morning, because it was “THEIR” fault, just like it was planned by the equally effin’ stupid author of the article. I’m 72 now and have had the shits of this “enlightened generation” and their outlook on life. They will suffer in the near future because of their foolishness.

      1. Your bashing is based on an incorrect assumption.

        When you take a picture with your iPhone, it automatically gets synced with all of your Apple devices as soon as that iPhone gets connected to WiFi. This happens thanks to the iCloud PhotoStream service. In addition to all your Apple devices, that picture also goes to the iCloud, but it is secure and protected by your Apple ID and password. Of course, if your Apple ID and password are protected by personal security questions that can be answered with information from Wikipedia, then your iCloud PhotoStream is no longer all that secure…

        The point is, these people are not idiots. They didn’t manually upload any pictures onto any social networks or sharing sites. They took images in the privacy of their homes, for their own private use (or sharing with their most intimate partners), correctly assuming that the pictures are safe on their phones. In all reality, we cannot expect an ordinary non-tech person to understand that some might be able to commandeer their Apple ID / password by googling answers to their security questions and subsequently access pictures they thought were stored safely only on their iPhone and nowhere else.

  2. Even if it is iCloud, it is the cloud. If you don’t have the data in your possession, someone can get at it. Hell, even if you have the data in your possession, someone can get at it, just not as easily.

    If you have data you don’t want others to get at, keep it on your own computer or server with a solid firewall. If you really want to be secure, unplug the freakin’ thing from the net.

  3. I advise anyone who wants to know the truth to watch Tim Cook’s interview on Charlie Rose. He states that the iCloud has NEVER been hacked as many in the media state. The celebrities in question were phished by fraudulent parties and gave out their personal data (i.e. usernames and passwords) unknowingly. These photos could not have been leaked without sensitive information provided by the victims. They were duped.

      1. Not casting aspersions, but MDN needs to stay in business just like the rest of the shrikes and screamers out there. The Internet is a piece of work, that’s for sure—giving voice to the demented, destroying legitimate journalism, engendering new-age character assassination, proving Richard Dawkins right: the meme is the new gene, and the promiscuous, and the profligate, shall inherit the earth.

        1. You’ve hit the nail squarely on the noggin. All these sites have sold their souls for advertising revenue. The BGR piece is desperately trying to rehash a lie that was shot down weeks ago, and the writer is fully aware that he’s lying. And MDN is no better for spreading it, which is hardly surprising since it devotes more of its page space to ads than content, and seems to allow its ad partners to jump from safari to their crappy software on the App Store. I mean, who would buy from a vendor who does that?

  4. Apple should sue TMZ for defamation, by continuing to lie about where the photos really came from in the first place. They came from stupid people doing stupid things.. If they really really were concerned, they wouldn’t be taking nude selfies in the first place.

      1. Hear hear. If they want to do that it’s their business.

        That being said, if they are concerned about privacy, they should be careful about their passwords. I’m guessing that they, like everyone else, choose passwords easy to remember…and easy to guess.

  5. The guy that wrote that article is an absolute moron. This is not Apples “security” problem. It’s merely a problem of very stupid celebrities with simple and probably small passwords and even simpler and smaller intelligence.

  6. BGR is trying their darnedest to spew the narrative that this is apple’s fault.

    Why is MDN helping them. Maybe MDN is smarting from why cook invited the apple hating carbon elements from gizmodo?

    I cannot believe someone would give a forum for the kind of games BGR is playing, unless one is getting his dig into apple. Why MDN?

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