Part 3 of iCloud hacks
Even as the FBI Director, James Comey ticked off Apple for their callousness in providing security, yet another online dump of hacked personal and upclose photos of various celebrities has hit the web. The Part 3 of the iCloud hacks contained images supermodel Cara Delevingne, actress Anna Kendrick, three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, soap opera star Alexandra Chando, actress Kelli Garner (Going the Distance), TV presenter Brook Burns, and actress Lauren O’Neil.
The leaks contained 55 more images of Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who has been continuously featuring in all the leaks thus far. The leaks also contain a up and close video and personal images of Step up star Briana Evigan.
Round 3 of iCloud hacks
The images and videos of the Hollywood celebs started appearing on Friday afternoon on 4Chan and Reddit boards. Both of the boards carried links which led visitors to hacked private photos of supermodel Cara Delevingne, actress Anna Kendrick, and 55 more images of Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Anna Kendrick whose images were leaked for the first time, is modestly clothed in all 87 of the photos that are leaked but the images are from the personal collection of the actress. The images also show the actress in a series of revealing outfits at some Hollywood party. The leaks which have been named by online community, Redditors and 4Chan users, include up and personal images of Misty May-Treanor, Alexandra Chando, Kelli Garner,Brook Burns, Lauren O’Neil and Briana Evigan.
Is this really the Part 3?
It could not be confirmed through verified sources that this was in fact, part 3 of iCloud hacks, but the images do seem to come from iClouds hacks. However, another round of images emerged last week which included personal images of Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan, former The View co-host Jenny McCarthy, reality star Cara Maria Sobello, and many other Hollywood celebs. Just a day before, there were leaked images of Rihanna, Amber Heard, and others.
The above leaks followed the Part 2 of iClouds hacks leaks on Saturday of Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, more images of Jennifer Lawrence and more. So it may be that these arent the part of the iCloud hacks and people are just leaking their saved images, continuing with the hype around the leaks and maybe bask in some false glory. The website of the leaks guys contains no updates about the above images. We, at Techworm are not convinced this is indeed the Part 3 of the iCloud hacks.
Emma Watson safe?
Post her emotionally charged and moving speech in the United Nations General Assembly regarding feminism, a website EmmaYouAreNext.com had emerged, claiming that it would leak compromising photos of Harry Potter actress Emma Watson when the clock hit zero on the counter provided int the site. Thankfully for Emma, it turned out to be an hoax perpetrated by a fake marketing firm dubbed Rantic Media.
IS the user who has viewed/shared/downloaded at risk from law?
Meanwhile, Joseph Steinberg from Forbes says that the original iCloud hacker, who is said to have taken the photos via Apple’s iCloud service, will face criminal prosecution. FBI is investigating into the hacks and the FBI hopes that the hacker will be caught soon.
As for the netizens who have either downloaded or shared and viewed the iCloud hacks compromising images are probably are in the clear. Due to the hype generated by the leaks, it would be herculean task for the law enforcement agencies to identify each and every user who has either view, shared or downloaded the leaks. The possibility of this happening is next to zero.
“While celebrities might seek to recover damages from those who profit off of their photos, it is difficult for them to target the non-profiting parties; such parties would not only need to be identified, but also sued for injunctive relief in numerous different courts all over the country – an expensive and tedious process. As the costs to file and argue such cases can be considerable, and financial recovery may not be achieved,” he writes.