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iCloud: whose fault is it?

by ALISON LEVIER Photographer/Videographer

Certain less-than-flattering photos of everyone’s favorite celebrities were leaked this past August on the internet, causing a mass-frenzy in Hollywood and elsewhere.

In a world where celebrities are put on the highest pedestal ever imaginable, it is no surprise that they were targeted by hackers to exploit them and expose their secret nude photos for all the world to see.

Now, there are two sides to every story, and in this particular case, both sides are, in my opinion, very wrong.

To begin, in order to maintain one’s celebrity, it is evident that their lives must remain in the spotlight. By becoming an actress in big budget Hollywood films, these people are aware that they can and will probably be targeted for something like this. It is at times like these when we call on our beloved celebrities to use their brains and think about the consequences of taking photos like these.

I am not saying that these celebrities deserve this invasion of privacy, and I do not want to say that this hack was inevitable, but it kind of was. People are sick. When dealing with the Internet, we must think of not only ourselves, but our security and the possibility of that being breached. If these photos were to leak, would you be able to handle it? If the answer is no, then the decision to take those pictures should be reevaluated.

“I once took those kind of photos, and when they were sent to the wrong people, I completely regretted the whole thing. It was humiliating, and I’m pretty sure it’ll stick with me for as long as I’m still in Monroe. Seriously, just don’t even take the photos. It is not worth it. At all,” says an anonymous junior.

On the other hand, the hackers who have nothing better to do with their lives than hack celebrities and exploit them in that way have some serious issues.

“Hackers are the reason that people have trust issues in America, and why security has to be so strict. People are always complaining about why there are so many regulations on the computer, and it is because of hackers that they need to be this way,” says senior Kirsten Pasewaldt.

Hackers invade the privacy of the most famous people on the planet, and make it look so easy. Are they geniuses, or has Apple just made it that easy?

Whatever the correct answer, it is clear that Apple must do something to secure the privacy of its customers. If it is this easy to successfully perform a hack this big, then what else are these hackers capable of? Apple products are some of the most expensive on the market, and it just is not right that Apple customers are not paying for privacy.

Additionally, if you have anything important on iCloud that could potentially lead to a scandal or stolen identity, take this as a lesson. Perhaps the Cloud is not the best storage option, and until Apple can figure it out, extremely personal information should probably not be kept up there.

What do you think of the celebrity hacking scandal?

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