I’ve been joking a bit about Celebgate because compared to Rotherham it’s almost not worth talking about however it certainly gets the attention of the low information voter (think Donna Noble before her time with the 10th Doctor).
However in the Daily Mail’s latest piece included a tweet that raises some interesting questions
Now except for the fact she is alive and not made of cloth I couldn’t tell Mary Winstead from a dead muppet but if this statement is correct and her nude photos/videos/whatever on 4chan were “long deleted ” that raises some interesting possibilities
1. The penetration of the iCloud servers have been ongoing for a long time even before she deleted these file and were only revealed when these photos & videos went up. That implies a larger data breach than you think.
2. The penetration of the iCloud servers backups (which would likely contain long deleted files that a person might want back, have been compromised. That would be a colossal data breach meaning all kinds of things you thought safely deleted are in thee guys hands.
3. The engineers at iCloud have been creating some unauthorized backups of files they enjoy such as nude photo/videos/whatever of their favorite celebs like Mary Winstead. That would be fairly easy both to do & to hide and if so the amount of such nude data out there likely dwarfs what’s already been released
4. The hackers download the entire iCloud server and took the time to rebuild said nude/sex photos/videos/whatever. That means that just about everything that has been on the cloud belongs to them
All of these except for #3 have serious implications for anyone who has ever uploaded any data on remote iCloud servers.
The assumption has been this is all about some geeks wanting to see people like Ms. Winstead, Upton et/al either naked or having sex and one should not underestimate the drive of a geek who desires such a thing.
But what if this is more about a wider data breach, and the leak of these photos was by some idiots in the gang not thinking. That would basically mean that any data you had on the cloud at any time doesn’t belong to you anymore.
So let me repeat my warning of yesterday concerning the security of your cloud data it’s only as secure as
A ratio of the most careless employee of the company(s) that maintains the network vs the willingness and ability of the smartest hacker trying to steal it
use it at your own risk.
Closing thought: If these guys are able to both hack systems & recover lost data like this I see why this Administration got the FBI on the job so quick. Can’t risk those Lois Lerner emails being found.