"The US site reports that dozens more photos of celebs have been leaked today. Alleged victims include: Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Kirsten Dunst, Hope Solo, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer."
If you have been pulling a Rip van Winkle, you may not realize that Sunday was perhaps the most shocking day in the history of celebrity nudity. One of the contributors on 4Chan's crazy-ass /b board posted dozens and dozens of pictures alleged to represent naked celebrities, presumably hacked cell phone photos. With a few exceptions, they turned out to be the real McCoy. The most significant collections involved Jennifer Lawrence, who appears in many stages of undress and in some explicit poses, and Kate Upton, who appears with nothing covering her enormous natural breasts. Those two women were the most popular in the hacked group because they are A-list stars who have never done nude movie scenes or photo spreads, but Upton and Lawrence were by no means the only ones to be exposed. In all, about 20 celebrities were involved in the first wave, and a poster also produced a list of some 100 celebrities whose pictures are in his possession, indicating that many more may appear in the near future. Since the first wave Sunday, there has been a slow trickle of pictures exposing Lori Heuring, Ali Michael and Cat Deeley.
As Sunday evening progressed, trolls started to enter the fray and were posting various fakes, claiming that they were part of the treasure trove. This inevitably led to some chaotic discussions among those trying to separate fact from fiction. The chaos was exacerbated by the fact that various legal actions were being pursued and various guidelines were being enforced, with both private and public enforcers attempting to take down the pictures as soon as they appeared online. Reddit tried gamely to stay on top of "The Fappening," as they called it, but has now, as of early Tuesday morning, given in to copyright claims and removed many of their Fappening pages.
The poster of most (but not all) of the first-wave files claims that he is not one of the hackers, but simply a collector who paid for his images. According to him, the pics were privately traded over the weekend on an internet black market which accepts swaps or virtual currency. Apparently the existence of these pictures has been known for some time to a "club" of collectors, including the guy mentioned here. The pictures may have been collected by many people over a long period of time, but a fresh concatenation of circumstances finally put some of the images into wide circulation en masse this weekend. The putative paper trail is described here. The actual hackers/originators remain anonymous, so the source and method have not been firmly established, but the current consensus is that the bulk, but not necessarily all, of these files must have been obtained through holes in the iCloud.
In an interesting sidebar, there is also one collection that seems to include several of Kate Upton sans clothing, but also includes other random unidentified naked women. Why? It seems that the pics were hacked from Justin Verlander's device, which also includes pictures of other women because (sigh) simply having Kate Upton is not enough for a guy, ya know?
Victoria Justice has Tweeted unequivocally that the pictures of her are not authentic, although various internet detectives have offered some fairly convincing circumstantial evidence to the contrary: 1, 2, 3.
Reactions about authentic pics:
A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence told TMZ "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence." That statement indicates that this evening's Lawrence collection must be authentic. (CAUTION: even if the bulk of the "hacked" J-Law pictures are legit, you will probably find some fakes among the genuine pics.)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead confirmed the authenticity of her pics with some Twitter posts: 'Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked. To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.'"
While Becca Tobin did not explicitly confirm that it was she in the Christmas pictures, she did post this message on Twitter: "Merry XXXmas."
I'd say that recommendation, while worthwhile, is probably about sixth in importance, behind the following:
#1 Don't take any.
#2 If you want to take nudes, don't take them on a device that is connected to the internet. If you can use your device to get to the internet, the internet can also get to you. Use an offline device like a digital camera.
#3 Don't ever store them on any device that is accessible to anyone else but you. In other words, keep them offline, because no internet connection is ever completely secure. If the photos are offline and stay in your house, they can't be stolen unless somebody physically breaks in.
#4 If you have even the slightest bit of doubt, delete those mofos.
#5 Do not trust anyone with a penis who says he deleted them.
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Oh, sure, you Europeans think you're so refined, with your Michelangelos and your Pushkins and Prousts and your fancy-schmancy museums, but ask yourselves this when determining the true epicenter of the cultural earthquake: Who has the bust of Captain Picard made of condiments?
And then ask yourselves this: How many fuckin' Caravaggios taste as good as they look, and add plenty of zest to a bland meal?