Leaked celebrities photos - what it means for ordinary people?
If you have not been living under a stone, you would be aware that, on August 31, 2014, a collection of almost 200 private pictures of various celebrities—mostly consisting of women, and with many containing nudity, were posted on the imageboard 4chan, and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur, Reddit and Tumblr.
For those who are interested the full list of celebrities allegedly affected by nude photo leak is available. Also for everyone else it makes an interesting read as to how the leak happened.
Why should common person be worried
One of the question that might come to mind is, the photos are fun to watch and why should an ordinary person like me be worried about it because who is interested in my life and my photos (apart from the fact that I rarely take nude pictures of mine).
The reason why everyone should be worried is that the leak happened form a cloud storage service called iCloud by Apple. Over the years Apple has gained faith of people and most of the users thought storing something on a service backed by Apple would be completely safe. To top that the service uses the new cloud technology which is supposed to be faster and safer than old online storage services.
The iCloud service is integrated with most of the devices sold by Apple seamlessly therefore user data is automatically backed up to the iCloud service unless the users explicitly opts out of the service.
If you read the reports in detail you will realize that Apple alone is not be blamed. In fact the data might have been gathered from different resources like Windows Photo Viewer and using scrapper and brute force tools the data was collected at one place and then leaked.
Whatever the case what it does mean is that storing data online is susceptible to hacking an one cannot be sure about it. Therefore, if you can, avoid uploading sensitive data on to the cloud services.