Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Meagan Good and Gabrielle Union are among the celebrities, whose explicit photos have been hacked, exposing security issues that have allowed their personal information to be exposed to the general public. Rounding out the latest wave of celebrity photos to be made available to anyone with access to the Internet, the virtual security breach comes just three weeks after a slew of celebrities including Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and others, many of whom confirmed the breach via social media and other media formats.
Is Apple or bad personal security practices to blame for The Fappening?
Originally attributed to Apple iCloud security flaws, the latest incident of celebrity’s privacy violation has been rebuffed by Apple, which claims that there has been no link in iCloud nor Find My iPhone, a service which allows a user to find their missing iPhone:
“We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” Apple said in a statement. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”
With victims including Rihanna and Kaley Cuoco, some of the victims have come forward with comments regarding the incident, including Cuoco who made a joke about the leak by posting a blurry photo of her and her husband. Later, Cuoco told late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, “It was just a really bad situation, but I took it into my own hands and made a joke about it,” she told Kimmel. “Because, you know, what are you going to do?”
Union, who recently married Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, addressed the situation by releasing the following statement to TMZ:
“[It] has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures,” Union said. “I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide.”
With celebrities and even the government reporting major security breaches in the last few weeks, the importance of virtual security has never been more apparent, making the use of a VPN and securing yourself and your family and your passwords is more important than ever and a necessity for anyone that uses the Internet anywhere and any time. Online privacy is in your hands.