Fappening 4 archive leaked online, the controversy continues

Pierluigi Paganini October 07, 2014

The Fappening 4 – The fourth wave of nude celebrity photos hacked from the iCloud system was leaked online, new stars victimized including a male.

A new episode of the Fappening Saga is out, online comes the fourth archive (the Fappening 4), of celebrity nude photos leak, and for the happiness of women the collection includes the photos of a male for the first time.  The Fappening 4 contains the picture of Nick Hogan, the son of the legend of the wrestling Hulk Hogan,  the actresses Winona Ryder, Nina Dobrev and AnnaLynne McCord, the Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton and singer Ingrid Michaelson. The star most affected is the Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev, the Fappening 4 archive includes 147 personal images leaked online, fortunately none of them is a naked picture. Another illustrious victim is the actress Zoe Kazan.
The Fappening 4 archive was disclosed on Thursday through Reddit as the latest “Fappening”, Reddit and 4Chan immediately banned it and any other discussion titled Fappening in compliance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The Fappening 4 archive was disclosed after Google has decided to remove the photos from its systems, an official statement released by the IT giant states:
“We’ve removed tens of thousands of picture – within hours of the requests being made – and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”

The Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer, acting on behalf of his unnamed clients, sent a letter to Google execs Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, accusing the company of “blatantly unethical behavior” that has made their company “millions from the victimization of women.” Singer threatened to sue Google for $100,000,000 if the images were not removed immediately.

“Google knows that the Images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights and basic human decency by stealing and displaying confidential private photos and videos (most of which depict the women in private settings, while nude or semi-nude, engaging in private intimate conduct) without the permission of the owners of the Images,” said the letter. “Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations, or to limit the Images from appearing in Google search results.” wrote Marty Singer

The saga begun this summer, In august a first massive leak was announced online and the pictures were everywhere on the web. The list of victims is very long and includes many celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, the US national women’s soccer team player Hope Solo, Mary-Kate Olsen, Avril Lavigne, Hayden Panettiere, Lake Bell, Leelee Sobieski and former Disney stars Aly and AJ Michalka.

Law enforcement are currently investigating in the data leakage, all the images were stored on the Apple iCloud service, security experts attribute the responsibility of the incident to a flaw in the cloud storage. Apple has always sustained that the nude celebrity photos come from different sources, they were probably obtained via targeted attacks and not exploiting the flaw in its systems.
I desire close this post on the Fappening 4 with an abstract from my previous post on the Fappening 3, the piece I have chosen is related to accusations to Apple for a superficial management of the flaw affecting its iCloud infrastructure.
According to the Daily Dot the company was aware of a serious flaw in its iCloud since March 2014.

The emails, obtained earlier this month by the Daily Dot and reviewed by multiple security experts, show Ibrahim Balic, a London-based software developer, informing Apple of a method he’d discovered for infiltrating iCloudaccounts. ” states a blog post published by the Daily Dot on the Fappening case.

The fappening 4 case mail

“In a March 26 email, Balic tells an Apple official that he’s successfully bypassed a security feature designed to prevent “brute-force” attacks—a method used by hackers to crack passwords by exhaustively trying thousands of key combinations.” continues the post.

The reply from Apple is anyway questionable, below the image reported in the article.

The fappening 4 case mail 2

Resuming, Apple was alerted in March on the security issue …. but now we are reading of The Fappening 4, whatever the source would be it is likely that other photos will be released in the next weeks.

Stay tuned for further information on the Fappening 4.

Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – Fappening 4, celebrity nude photos leak)

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