Another day, another case of leaked celebrity photos

So, in case you haven’t heard the news as of late, there’s been another breach of privacy regarding celebs and their not-to-be-shared-with-the-public images. Once more, it involves iCloud, where these photos were allegedly hacked from and splashed all over  4chan.

Just for the record, can I just point out how ominous the Cloud actually sounds?  There’s something very unsettling about the fact that all your info is drifting around somewhere in the open internet air (interspace?), and the fact that the Cloud could come down any day.

Indeed, this is a problem that has happened before, in various other shapes and forms. And it probably will happen more and often, given the monstrosity of the internet and the ability to breach practically anything now. I have a few thoughts this: first, I obviously don’t agree with the fact that stealing of these photos was ok. They were stolen from someone’s private space of the iCloud (oOoOoOh), and that it is really criminal to do such a thing. I also agree with the fact these women, whom I shall not bother to name, should be allowed to take whatever kind of photos they please… In the nude or not, and without fear of having them publicized.

However.

My agreements end there. They have my pity, but to only a certain extent. I know there’s all this stuff about going on about “victim blaming”, and I’m not trying to do that here… From a feminist stand point, I agree that it’s wrong to point the finger and say, “it’s your fault! If you don’t want nude pics splashed around on the net, don’t take them!” Because, how is it their fault that some jerks hacked into their accounts?

But the one thing that comes to my mind is that it is not just the hacker’s responsibility to not exploit celebrities private items, but it’s a celebrity’s responsibility as well. (Not to mention our own responsibility to not look at them.)

Obviously, these celebs didn’t want this sort of thing to happen (or so I’d like to think). But they are, in fact, celebrities. Recognizable faces. And because of their status, they need to start being more careful about what they backup on the Cloud, because nowadays, there will always be the off-chance that it could get out into the open.

I mean, let’s face it. The internet can be a dodgy place. Nothing is sacred anymore. Even on the iCloud, a supposedly “safe” haven for online backup. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more experienced in how to breach these places, and it’s getting trickier all the time to keep people’s private info protected.

It’s terrible to feel that nothing that we store online is safe anymore. But it seems as if that’s the kind of world we’re coming to; and we’re just going to have to do better in protecting our stuff.

Again, if they want to take nude photos of themselves to share personally with loved ones, then by all means. I’m sure lots of people out there have stored nude pics on the Cloud and don’t have to worry about them getting out. But because they are “famous”, that gives others more of an opportunity to be able to exploit them. They should to start taking better measures to prevent it from happening again (re: storing them in a folder on their desktop instead, perhaps?).

I’ve heard a lot of things about how violating this scandal is for the women involved, as much as it is for a woman being sexually harassed while walking down the street (that’s just an example I’m using). And it’s very true. No one deserves that sort of humiliation, and no one should have to go through it.

Never the less, if you’re famous, there’s always going to be someone out there looking to profit off something potentially scandalous. We may not like having to put up more safeguards online (like changing passwords every few weeks) anymore than we like having to worry about getting attacked if we’re walking alone somewhere, but unless something drastic can be done to prevent hacking, then this is the kind of thing that we’re going to have to do.

The lesson here? Storing nude photos in an online backup drive is never a good idea.

The other lesson? Trust the Cloud at you’re own risk.

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