Well for starters, despite it's techy nerd cred, Apple is like any other multi-gajillion dollar corporation. When something goes wrong, the default response is to deny, deny, deny:
Yes, Apple would have you believe that a group of hackers simply guessed the passwords of over a hundred female celebrities (and I'm using that term very loosely in some cases), accessed those accounts and then guessed the answers to the follow up questions that arise when you access your account from an unknown computer. According to Apple, these attacks didn't set off any alarms as multiple wrong guesses were made and then the hackers reset the passwords without any of the account holders knowing this. Then they simply downloaded the images and data at their leisure.
While we're at it . . . I've got this bridge, it's in south Florida, doesn't really matter where it goes, but you can see from the span a little preserve I've set up where Jim Morrison, Elvis, and Amelia Earhart oversee a preserve for domesticated sasquatches and unicorns with rainbow tails. It's quite spectacular and I'll let it go at a reasonable price. And yes, I accept bitcoins.
Seriously?!?! If you've been paying any attention to techy news these last few years, you know that Apple, Google, Microsoft and other software/platform design companies provide a back door to the federal government, presumably in the name of national defense or the Patriot Act or Homeland Security or some such. More likely it's something along the line of "Here's a backdoor in guys, don't say anything about our indecent data mining or anything, okay?" If there's a back door, these hackers will find it. It's what they do. I believe someone did. And this is the problem with storing your delicate personal info on a public remote server.
If you want secure, get a stand alone server with no outside access (think the Mission Impossible movie version of the CIA mainframe) and download your info yourself. I've got plenty of friends who complain about how they think they've deleted something only to have it pop up again because the Cloud still has it.
Another thing that amazes me, from a sociological perspective, is seeing what fascinates these stars about themselves. Jennifer Lawrence is totally impressed with her own boobs, for instance, as her account is full of pics and vids of her topless and dancing around and showcasing her bosom. At the other end of the spectrum is Hope Solo, who can't get enough of her own girly bits. As one guy mentioned, he could probably pick her vagina out of a line-up now. Kristen Ritter seemed very impressed with her trim job as she had a bunch of pics of her little arrow trim.
I also wondered about why these pictures were taken. And were they supposed to be shared with someone, or kept for the owner to look back on later? In some cases, Mary Elizabeth Winstead for example, she kept some pics she had taken for/by her husband as mementos. Same with Teresa Palmer. But most of what I've seen just seems to be mostly young actresses fascinated with the ability to take dirty or salacious pictures of themselves.
And while partial nudity doesn't qualify as dirty, some of the stuff has been pretty hardcore. Jessica Brown Findlay's pics and video were pretty personal and a bit embarrassing. And the images Melissa Benoist are just plain ole hard core sex. And those are interesting because they weren't taken with a cell phone or stills off a video, imho. Those look to have been taken either by a third party, or a camera on a tripod set on time-release. That's a lot of work to get pics of you and your boyfriend getting it on.
Also not surprising was to see someone *cough* Kim Kardashian *cough* claim to have been hacked also to get in on the publicity. Amazing how her pictures were crystal clear and so perfect to have one wonder about whether they were 'shopped.
This thing keeps chugging along with pics released daily. Plenty are fakes and I'm also amazed at why the hackers bothered with actresses who have already done enough nudity that we know what they look like:
And lastly, if I were to give advice to Kate Upton, I'd tell her to take that one topless picture of her on the bed in Verlander's shirt (and for the record -- I've seen more of Justin Verlander's ass than I ever want to see in this lifetime for one, and secondly, that's a fairly unimpressive physique for a pitcher. Of course, he's a millionaire Cy Young winner bedding Kate Upton and I'm . . . me, so he wins this hands down. Just sayin') and own it. Release it publicly with some statement about how she knows she said "never" about doing nudity, but it's already out there, so for her fans . . . a gift. She'd be queen of the geek world.
Just a suggestion.