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Who's to blame for the celeb photo hack?

Who's to Blame for the Celeb Photo Hack?

Both the FBI and Apple are now responding to the high-profile hack over the weekend. Nude photos and videos of Hollywood A-Listers including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were stolen and posted online.

The latest news comes from Apple. Bloomberg reports, "Apple says no systems breach found on celebrity photo probe."

This is a significant update because there had been reports indicating a bug in the company's Find My iPhone feature was to blame.

​We do know Apple fixed that bug Monday, which hardly seemed like coincidental timing.

The bug allowed for a potential hacker to continuously try passwords until gaining access to a user's iCloud account.

Regardless, the global head of security research for Sophos told The Wall Street Journal, "That really isn't acceptable for a large company like Apple, in this day and age, to have that kind of mistake in a cloud service."

But with Apple denying a "systems breach," we still don't know exactly how the photos were obtained.

A computer expert tells KCAL, "I think a lot of folks, especially celebrities, don't take their information security very seriously."

But hold up. Where exactly is the blame being placed?

The Huffington Post very clearly writes it's not Lawrence's fault. HuffPo's not buying argument that "the women somehow 'had it coming' for daring to pose nude."

That sentiment is being echoed by other celebs, including Lena Dunham, who tweeted, "The 'don't take naked pics if you don't want them online' argument is the 'she was wearing a short skirt' of the web. Ugh."

The Verge says it's time to place blame on "a bunch of anonymous guys on the Internet."

No, it's not just talking about the actual hackers who posted the photos.

The Verge is referring to "the jerks who inflamed this spectacle, the ones who shared the photos and poked the victims publicly."

Which has caused some celebs to get offline. Actress Mary Winstead, who was also targeted in the hack, says she's now taking an "internet break."

As for whoever hacked these accounts, they'll likely be punished.

ABC reminds us: "Remember 2012, there was a case where someone had improperly and illegally accessed the emails of Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera. He's serving 10 years."

Reports indicate representatives for both Lawrence and Upton have said they plan to prosecute anyone posting these private photos.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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boller123 September 03 2014 at 9:42 AM

So what! It's really quite simple; if you don't naked pictures of yourself out there, then don't take them in the first place. Duh! But, I suspect a lot of it is done deliberately for PR. purposes by the so called "victims".

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SSSSSSSSSSSSSST September 02 2014 at 11:39 PM

Naked Photo's cannot and can never be hacked as the person depicted in the photo's willingly allowed the photo's to be taken in the very first place so the primary blame is on the person pictured in the Nude. If photo's were taken without the persons permission that would be criminal but not criminal if they were taken willingly! This is a world that can be easily hacked and "everyone but everyone" knows this and if that person put those photo's in places that could be hacked I believe they call that a "Photo-opt" for the publicity to re-inflate a sagging career and other sagging things kind of in the same realm of "my relative did things to me when I was little and I cannot get over it even thought its been 20, 30 or 40 years ago, Come-on and get off it! Its is just displayed for the publicity! (FREE-PUBLICITY!)

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Kate SSSSSSSSSSSSSST September 03 2014 at 4:59 AM

That is an appalling attitude, and thank goodness you are 100% wrong about that, and anyone with half a brain knows it, including those investigating this crime.

Yes, it is a CRIME to steal private information or images, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the information or image was originally written, drawn, photographed, painted, or anything else, by the OWNER of that information or image.

You may be very sure that if the FBI concludes that the hack was in fact staged by the persons alleging the hack, it will come out-- the FBI is not a stupid body of men and women.

You clearly know absolutely nothing about privacy laws, invasion laws, copyright law, or anything else.

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Carol Kate September 03 2014 at 9:04 AM

Kate - Great comment. I couldn't agree more.

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slackwarerobert Kate September 03 2014 at 3:19 PM

are you talking about the same fbi that think a video attacked our embassy and killed the ambassador? That never even looked into the vince foster murder? That AMBUSHED and murdered bonny and clyde? killed 27 children at waco? couoldn't identify a terrorist when dad calls them up, and tells them about him? Thought the boston bomber was a new energy drink? THAT fbi?
You clearly have NOT read the disclaimers about privacy when you opened the cloud account either.
If it was illegal then the NSA would be under arrest. they are scarfing up the ENTIRE internet and cell phone traffic. INCLUDING these pictures.

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xanadutu September 03 2014 at 12:57 AM

The only ones - aka things - responsible for these photos being posted on line are the little ME-ME hags themselves!!!

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slackwarerobert xanadutu September 03 2014 at 3:05 PM

its the men's fault? what about the lesbians? if the NSA didn't hack every ones password they couldn't give it to their friends to access the pictures.

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CHUCK September 02 2014 at 9:23 PM

Anybody that uses Cloud storage.

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notopoliticalbs CHUCK September 02 2014 at 9:27 PM

That is, anybody that uses Cloud services are to blame.

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chrissf4529 September 03 2014 at 12:57 AM

First off if the photos never existed, there would be no problems. Amazing to see these "self important' celebrities outraged when these things happen to them.

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Kate chrissf4529 September 03 2014 at 4:53 AM

It is a perfectly legitimate complaint, and it doesn't matter who it is. Nobody has the right to steal private images or information and make them public.

It's also hypocritical to accuse someone who is famous of BEING famous, because they don't create all that all by themselves: the public does. If people were not interested in them, we wouldn't know who they are anymore than we know who you are.

Your attitude is also exactly what Lena Dunham was talking about, although clearly you didn't get it.

Analogy: say you have a very beautiful young daughter, or a handsome young son, and as a fond parent take pictures of them, as anyone would. Someone hacks you and posts the pictures on a child pornography site. Are we supposed to blame you for having taken the pictures, or blame the person who took them FROM you, without your permission, and endangered the children?

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slackwarerobert Kate September 03 2014 at 3:22 PM

so where were they when the NSA admitted to doing this already? for all we know THEY released the photos by mistake when they hit the wrong 'PLAY' key during their porn break.

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slackwarerobert Kate September 03 2014 at 3:41 PM

courts already ruled that is is NOT a crime when that pennsylvania middle school put cameras in the showers and put the videos up to the internet.

so how are children endangered when a picture you took gets put on the internet? unless they are sitting on a tiger they shot and the nut cases see it. but obama is the one that wont let them carry a gun and protect themselves.
These ho's support gun control, so let them get what they wanted.

But the pictures were not taken from them, they are still on the cloud where they put them.

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moores05 September 03 2014 at 8:48 AM


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slackwarerobert moores05 September 03 2014 at 3:44 PM

that is what the judge ruled in boston when they had their pictures taken up their dress in PUBLIC on the trains. the cloud is PUBLIC. When you put enough dirt in it, it will cause LIGHTNING to strike.

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mhagerinteriors September 02 2014 at 11:35 PM

Uh oh, I took videos of my butt during a medical condition.

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jechandle mhagerinteriors September 03 2014 at 3:08 AM

We know. We've all seen them.

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Carol jechandle September 03 2014 at 9:05 AM


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slackwarerobert mhagerinteriors September 03 2014 at 3:23 PM

How did you get them? I tried to get mine videoed, and they wouldn't do it. I think it would be neat to see your insides like that.

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Kate September 03 2014 at 4:43 AM

I think it would be the other way around, and celebrities are EXACTLY the people who would take their internet security seriously. Many of them have a lot of staff, who are directly responsible for making sure that everything they do is protected.

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slackwarerobert Kate September 03 2014 at 3:24 PM

and if they don't tell the staff they are posting nekkid pictures how are they to know to protect them?

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Judith September 03 2014 at 5:12 AM

The internet has been around now for a very long time and if people haven't yet learned that there is no privacy on the web then that's their stupidity.

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slackwarerobert September 03 2014 at 3:06 PM

but the email hacker didn't have the evidence from obama that it is NOT a crime to access emails. He would have walked if he had called the head of fbi, NSA, and holder at his trail.

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