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By now, you've probably heard about the hundreds of nude celebrity photos that were leaked by a yet to identified hacker on 4chan, the imageboard website. The hacker even vowed to leak more photos from other celebrities in exchange for Bitcoins. Now security researchers are picking up the pieces to the puzzle. One very possible theory is that the photos were obtained from iCloud and Dropbox accounts, reports The Guardian. There is also another theory that the pictures were hacked from another hacker, although this is still hotly debated. Given the case, is it really safe to use Apple's cloud storage service? Moreover, can we trust Dropbox? A couple of days ago, an exploit for Apple's Find My iPhone feature was posted on Github, a hosting service for software development projects. The exploit uses a brute-force attack to force out passwords. Researchers believe that the 4chan hacker used a similar technique.
The explicit pictures — not all of which have been verified at the time of writing — were posted on 4chan before circulating on Reddit and Twitter. Elsewhere, while iCloud accounts were being hacked, Google announced its Cloud Platform had received an upgraded set of security certificates. In , Christopher Chaney was jailed for 10 years after leaking nude pictures of actress Scarlet Johansson. What do you make of this leak? Does this make you more concerned about the security of your cloud data? This will only be used to quickly provide signup information and will not allow us to post to your account or appear on your timeline. You either need to trust their security or use end-to-end encryption.
Worried about how secure your photos are after the mass hacking of celebrity photos? Here's how to keep your photos safe - or stop them getting stored in the cloud. Naked photos featuring dozens of celebrities, including Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence, were leaked online yesterday, after apparently being hacked from a cloud backup service. The alleged hackers claim to have stolen the photos from Apple's iCloud Photostream service, which automatically shares iPhone photos with all of the user's devices and stores them online. The source of the hacked images has not been confirmed, but there's a few easy steps you can take to ensure your photos are safe from hackers. Posts on anonymous web forum 4Chan claim the pictures were stolen from Apple's iCloud Photostream service - but there's been no independent confirmation that this is the case. One odd point is that there seem to be some videos among the hacked material. Since iOS 7 was released last year, it has been possible to share videos manually, using the 'shared streams' service, but that has to be done deliberately.