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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 11:26

Hackers targeting celebrity accounts

Written by Nick Farell


Looking for sex tapes and adult pictures
Hackers have worked out that there is a fortune to be made in finding “adult” pictures of celebrities.

A ring of hackers has contacted gossip magazine TMZ to brag that it had turned over the accounts of Natalie Portman, skier Lindsey Vonn and gymnastic star Carl Patterson. The ring claims to have turned over Dianna Agron from "Glee" and an un-named 17 year old star who the magazine is not naming. The hackers have claimed to have snagged nude photos from many female stars in the past. These have included Vanessa Hudgens, Ali Larter, Busy Philipps, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Addison Timlin and Renee Olstead.

It is not clear if the hackers approached TMZ to see if it wanted to buy the snaps and the gossip magazine decided to run a story that the pictures existed instead. Certainly it got the chance to run a detailed photoshoot of the stars named. The rag contacted its deep throats in the FBI and was told that the Untouchables know all about the hacker ring and that it is targeting female stars.

In fact the FBI claims to even know who is running the mysterious hacker ring. But for some reason no one has been arrested yet.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 SlickR 2011-03-22 15:09
HAHA. Hopefully the Portman and Britney sex tape come out finally. :P
 
 
+3 #2 TechHog 2011-03-22 15:24
Quote:
an un-named 17 year old star who the magazine is not naming


This part made me laugh at this part.
 
 
+1 #3 Joonas 2011-03-22 15:45
Quoting SlickR:
HAHA. Hopefully the Portman and Britney sex tape come out finally. :P




Have you thought about the victims side at all? I realise that you're interested in the videos, nothing unnatural in that, but are you actually ok with what these hackers are doing? It makes my blood boil, so I don't understand why you're laughing :sad:
 
 
+3 #4 123s 2011-03-22 16:09
Oh yeah, it must be totally horrible for the poor, poor victims who willingly made the vids and get even more PR now.
 
 
+12 #5 Haberlandt 2011-03-22 16:12
Quoting SlickR:
Hopefully the Portman and Britney sex tape come out finally. :P



It's still in beta.
 
 
+3 #6 Joonas 2011-03-22 17:10
Quoting 123s:
Oh yeah, it must be totally horrible for the poor, poor victims who willingly made the vids and get even more PR now.



You need to look at it from a more neutral perspective then. Forget that these victims are celebrities and think of them as normal people. Even better, empathise and think of the victim as yourself. Now if that's still not enough, forget that we're talking about nude pictures and sex tapes here and instead think about the stolen goods as simply something that you don't want anyone to find out about.

Do you still feel like these hackers are doing nothing wrong and that they deserve every penny they make this way?
 
 
+1 #7 zedong 2011-03-22 17:42
Quoting Joonas:
Quoting 123s:
Oh yeah, it must be totally horrible for the poor, poor victims who willingly made the vids and get even more PR now.



You need to look at it from a more neutral perspective then. Forget that these victims are celebrities and think of them as normal people. Even better, empathise and think of the victim as yourself. Now if that's still not enough, forget that we're talking about nude pictures and sex tapes here and instead think about the stolen goods as simply something that you don't want anyone to find out about.

Do you still feel like these hackers are doing nothing wrong and that they deserve every penny they make this way?


Can you say "white knight?"
 
 
+2 #8 123s 2011-03-22 17:53
tl;tr

Sorry for not being able to feel bad for somebody with millions and selfmade problems.

ps: wtf happened with my long comment :(
 
 
+1 #9 123s 2011-03-22 18:00
Oh well, lets do it again then.

Shit like that happen often to teen chicks who send their nudes without thinking about a possible leak. While its still hard to feel sad for somebody dumb, the consequences from a leak are much more drastic here. Same with "things you dont want anybody to find out"
While for a celeb, this all is just free PR.

As for hackers, a lot people do wrong things for the money, this case doesnt seem that bad for me.
 
 
-1 #10 Joonas 2011-03-22 21:07
What does it matter who's accounts they hacked into? Their sole purpose was to gain money, and celebrities work alot better than non celebrities for that. You are trying to justify what these hackers are doing by degrading the victims who really have no part in this whole situation.

To zedong: It should've been obvious, but I'm not trying to protect celebrities here, or anyone for that matter. I just can't handle the fact that there are people (the hackers) who are actually capable of doing stuff like this to someone (anyone).
 

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