Est. May 2008

02 September, 2014

Some Thoughts On The Celebrity Hack


So, if you haven’t heard by now, a hundred or so female celebrities had their pictures hacked off the Cloud.  And those who’ve remarked on this are, of course, pissed off.

But here’s a question: did any of them have, you know, important stuff on the Cloud?  Like, say, Social Security numbers, or maybe credit card or banking information?

If not, why not?  I mean, they trusted the Cloud to secure their naked and sexually-compromising photos, didn’t they?

Now, there are plenty of folks out there  who are saying that if these folks didn’t want their pictures hacked, maybe it would have been a good idea not to take them in the first place.  And that’s a reasonable thing to say; after all, no pictures, nothing to hack, right?

But, since there was an obvious desire for them to take those pictures, there are things they could have done to protect them from hacking.  Like, oh, say, invest in a Polaroid camera.  Seriously, these folks are rich enough to buy a Polaroid and packs of instant film.  Or maybe they could have downloaded them to their own computers, stored them on an external hard drive, and then erased them from their main computer.  Or they might have considered putting them on their computer, then printing them out (it’s not like photo-quality printers are thin on the ground, and, again, since these folks are rich, they can afford the ink/toner needed to print glossies) and storing them in a shoebox on the top shelf of the closet.

See?  Lots of ways to make sure nobody can get hold of their ‘compromising’ photographs.

But, no, they decided to trust in the Cloud to protect their pictures.  The same Cloud that they likely wouldn’t think of storing their Social Security or credit card information on, because, ya know, the Cloud can be hacked.

I’m sorry, but if these celebrities want to find the person responsible for this fiasco, all they need to is look in the mirror.  They were the ones who took the pictures in the first place; they were the ones who foolishly thought the Cloud could keep them secure; they were the ones who should have taken personal responsibility to secure those pictures if they wanted no one but themselves – and select others – to see them.

But personal responsibility is so 1950’s, don’tchaknow?

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