Another round of stolen celebrity nudes hit the web over the weekend. Now the phenomenon enthusiasts are calling "The Fappening" includes one celebrity dick, a bunch of no-names and Winona Ryder. The hackers seem to be running out of steam? This is a good thing.
The fourth round of personal photos hit the web including images of Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick and pictures of his high school girlfriends in sexual positions that he’d kept for years. From The Daily Beast:
The latest list of alleged victims consists of Victoria’s Secret model (and Leonardo DiCaprio ex) Erin Heatherton, actress Winona Ryder, television star AnnaLynne McCord (90210), singer Ingrid Michaelson, the first male victim in reality star Nick Hogan (son of Hulk Hogan), and a gaggle of foreign models and commercial actors. The biggest victims seem to be The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev, with 147 personal images (all fully-clothed) of the actress leaking online, as well as indie actress Zoe Kazan, with 43 images.
On October 1, a lawyer named Marty Singer, representing a number of hacked celebs, sent a stern letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, executive chairman Eric Schmidt and their legal counsel, threatening legal action for not removing the Fappenings fast enough. Singer’s pending lawsuit wants $100 million in damages for things like “making millions and profiting from the victimization of women.”
But what about the dicks?
Here’s Google’s statement in response:
“Of course people continue to post these images on the web, so—like other online services—we rely on people notifying us to help us take them down, whether by flagging content, or filing DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests,” read the statement. “We’re removing these photos for community guidelines and policy violations (e.g. nudity and privacy violation) on YouTube, Blogger and Google+. For search we have historically taken a different approach as we reflect what’s online—but we remove these images when we receive valid copyright (DMCA) notices.”
Apple has insisted that the first Fappening was not iCloud’s fault — except it might be. The Daily Dot announced that they have private emails between the tech giant and a security professional named Ibrahim Balic who told the company that iCloud isn’t secure and is “very susceptible to “brute force” attacks—cracking passwords by exhausting thousands and thousands of key combinations.”
And with all of the breasts, butts and peen flying around, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are busy shading each other over whose privacy programs are better. I think we can settle this dance battle by declaring neither a winner.
Said Cook about Google:
“I think everyone has to ask, how do companies make their money?” said Cook. “Follow the money. And if they’re making money by collecting gobs of personal data, I think you have a right to be worried, and you should really understand what’s happening to that data.”
So Schmidt responded:
“Someone didn’t brief him [Cook] correctly on Google’s policies… we have always been the leader in security and encryption. Our systems are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else, including Apple. They’re catching up, which is great.”
And then Taylor Swift and Katy Perry scratched each other’s eyes out …
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