Hundreds of intimate photos and videos of female celebrities were leaked online over the weekend, many of them allegedly stemming from hacks of Apple’s iCloud service. A spokesperson for Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said the hacks and subsequent disclosure of such images are a “flagrant violation of privacy,” Newsweek reports. In a column for Mashable, Christina Warren asks, in light of the hack, how secure is the cloud? Twitter has suspended accounts of users who have posted the stolen data, and a legal representative for Lawrence said, “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.” The Atlantic’s Jennifer Valenti writes about the ethics of looking away from the disclosed personal information, noting that people who look at the photos “are violating these women in much the same way that the person who stole the pictures did.” Editor’s Note: The breakout session “Anatomy of a Cloud Data Breach,” along with a slew of cloud-security sessions, will be presented at this month’s IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress in San Jose, CA.
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