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Former EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger, 61, is used to accusations that he is more digitally naïve than digitally native by now. But at a hearing in front of the European parliament, the EU’s next commissioner designate for digital economy and society raised some serious questions about his suitability.
During a three-hour grilling by MEPs in Brussels, Oettinger said it would not be his job to protect stars “stupid enough to take a nude photo of themselves and put it online” – seemingly unaware that the recent leak of celebrities’ nude photographs had come about as a result of a targeted hacking attack.
Oettinger said: “We can mitigate or even eliminate some risks. But like with any technology, you can’t exclude all risks.
“If someone is stupid enough as a celebrity to take a nude photo of themselves and put it online, they surely can’t expect us to protect them. Stupidity is something you can only partly save people from.”
Oettinger seemed to refer to the recent leak of nude photographs showing celebrities including actress Jennifer Lawrence and singer Rihanna, which took place after hackers targeted their victims’ iClouds. Most modern smartphones automatically store backups of photographs online, often without their users’ knowledge.
Oettinger’s comments sparked criticism from a number of MEPs and the German press. “He revealed that he still hasn’t understood the real problem behind these leaked pictures,” Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht told the Guardian. “Serious questions need to be asked about the security of cloud systems currently in use, and asking those questions is very much part of the job remit of the next EU commissioner for digital society.”
Los expertos en seguridad barajan varios escenarios posibles para que los piratas informáticos tuvieran acceso libre a sus cuentas en la nube, para horror de las actrices y temor de los usuarios comunes, que en ocasiones no son conscientes de que sus datos están siendo almacenados.
La filtración de decenas de fotografías de famosos en internet puso en tela de juicio la seguridad de los servicios de almacenamiento de datos en la nube, una cuestión que muchos consumidores siempre han visto con recelo.
Las imágenes de actrices como Jeniffer Lawrence posando para la cámara desnuda en fotos privadas que no estaban pensadas para que vieran la luz corrieron como la pólvora en las redes sociales para indignación de la actriz, que ha amenazado con demandar a cualquier medio que publique sus “fotografías robadas”.
¿El culpable? Una posible brecha de seguridad en el sistema de iCloud de Apple, que facilita el almacenaje de datos en el mundo virtual sin ocupar espacio en la memoria real de los aparatos electrónicos. La compañía descartó sin embargo que sus sistemas fueran vulnerados.
Las imágenes fueron difundidas en un mensaje en el foro 4chan por una persona (o grupo) anónima, que aseguraba que fueron obtenidas de las cuentas de iCloud de Lawrence y otras famosas como Kate Upton y Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
After over 100 celebrities had their sensitive photos exposed this week, here are some tips on keeping yours safe from hackers
This week, nude photos of over 100 celebrities were posted online by an anonymous source who may have have got them by hacking the Apple iCloud online storage service, or guessing the security questions needed to gain access to each individual account.
Either way it has got many people wondering about the safety of their own photos, nude or otherwise, and about whether any snapshot taken on or shared via a digital device can ever be considered secure.
So how can you keep your own images away from uninvited viewers? Here are some quick pointers.
A gang of hackers who collected and traded nude pictures of female celebrities by routinely breaking into Apple‘s iCloud system were the source of private photographs leaked online, new evidence shows.
Private photos and videos of more than 100 mostly female American and British stars were released on the internet on Monday from the 4chan website, sparking condemnation from the Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and other actors including Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and Briton Jessica Brown Findlay.
Chatroom transcripts show that “OriginalGuy”, a member of the gang who has now gone on the run, boasted that the hacking of accounts belonging to Lawrence and others “is the result of several months of long and hard work” and that “several people were in on it”.
Other chatroom transcripts show that the gang had offered nude pictures of female celebrities and athletes for sale, and others offered to “rip” the iCloud backup accounts containing photos for anyone once they were given their user name and password. The iCloud backups come from the stars’ iPhones, which automatically store photos online for up to 30 days or until they are downloaded.
The revelation comes as the FBI and Apple started investigating the security breach, the most serious ever to affect the iPhone maker and a serious blow to its efforts to push new devices expected to incorporate mobile payment functions next week.
There are more than 800 million iCloud accounts globally – but the chatroom transcripts suggest there is now a growing semi-professional trade in “ripping” iCloud accounts, posing a serious problem for Apple’s security profile.
There will always be another leak, because there is always curiosity in the bodies of nude celebrity women. There is always danger in being an Other
Privacy is a privilege. It is rarely enjoyed by women or transgender men and women, queer people or people of color. When you are an Other, you are always in danger of having your body or some other intimate part of yourself exposed in one way or another. A stranger reaches out and touches a pregnant woman’s belly. A man walking down the street offers an opinion on a woman’s appearance or implores her to smile. A group of teenagers driving by as a person of color walks on a sidewalk shout racial slurs, interrupting their quiet.
For most people, privacy is little more than an illusion, one we create so we can feel less vulnerable as we move through the world, so we can believe some parts of ourselves are sacred and free from uninvited scrutiny. The further away you are from living as a white, heterosexual, middle-class man, the less privacy you enjoy – the more likely your illusions of privacy will be shattered when you least expect it.
For celebrities, privacy is utterly nonexistent. You are asked intrusive questions about your personal life. You can be photographed at any moment. Your family is investigated, photographed or harassed daily – parents, children, sometimes even siblings also losing any semblance of privacy simply because you share the same blood or name. Celebrity is, in some ways, an infection that is only marginally beneficial.
We’re not going to cry for celebrities, of course, not really. When you choose that life, you must sacrifice certain dignities for the privilege of fame, of fortune. For the most part, these intrusions or privacy are all in good fun, fodder for gossip magazines and websites – because … celebrities, they’re just like us! They go to the grocery store! They drink coffee! They wear sweatpants! Celebrities are just like us until they aren’t, until such intrusion involves the celebrity woman’s body, in intimate poses, splayed across the internet for delectation and debauchery and debate.
On Sunday, a user on 4chan made good on a promise made several days ago and leaked nude and otherwise revealing photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michele, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Hope Solo and other famous young women. This leak is likely only the beginning. Because there will always be another leak, because there is an insatiable curiosity when it comes to the nude celebrity woman’s body. She puts herself in the public eye and, in turn, we are entitled to see as much of her as we so desire, or so I am sure the justification goes.
It goes without saying that there aren’t many nude photos of men being released. Men are largely free to bare their bodies as they choose without repercussion, unless, as is the case of Dave Franco with Allison Brie and Justin Verlander with Upton, the man happens to be in a picture with a young woman, collateral damage.
It’s not clear what the people who leak these photos hope to achieve beyond financial gain and a moment of notoriety. I suppose such impoverished currency is enough. The why of these questions is hardly relevant. These hackers are not revealing anything the general public does not already know. BREAKING: beneath their clothes, celebrities are naked.