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Celebrity nude leak demonstrates why you shouldn’t send naked photos

Celeb Hacking

It is reported that an unidentified hacker has notoriously hacked into more than one hundred celebrities’ iCloud accounts and obtained their nude photos.

The famous stars include Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Selena Gomez and Kirsten Dunst.

Lawrence and Upton, the two most prominent names that have been searched from the leak have both released statements saying that they are pursuing legal action against the perpetrator.

The FBI released a statement yesterday saying, “The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” the statement said. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”

The level of personal invasion that this hacker has caused exceeds multiple boundaries.

The man who alledgedly tracked celebrities’ iCloud photo accounts managed to find photos that were apparently deleted years prior.

Celebrity Mary Elizabeth Winstead released a statement on Twitter saying, “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only image the creepy effort that went into this.”

She continued, “Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”

There is no excuse for purposely exploiting private content of others; however, this situation could have been prevented if these photos were never taken.

With social media dominating this era, apps such as Snapchat and Gaggle make it easy for people in relationships to exchange personal photos without them being saved or permanently available.

What users don’t know is that all data that is sent or searched is saved somewhere in ones iCloud or cache, even if its from years ago.

It may seem harmless to send a sexy photo to your significant other, but the consequences that follow can haunt you.

For example, Disney princess Vanessa Hudgens was a teen icon after her success with the High School Musical series until the release of her naked photos that she had sent to an ex-boyfriend years ago.

The 2007 scandal resurfaced again in 2009 when which she released a public statement apologizing.

She still recounts the incident and in a 2013 interview she said she “regrets taking those photos” and that it was “by far the worst moment in [her] career.”

Most of us will realistically not become famous. A select few are fortunate enough to obtain such success in the acting, modeling or music industry in LA.

But the consequences these public figures have faced could happen to any of us, on a smaller scale, of course.

For instance, once you have graduated college you’ll be looking for a job.

You’ll not only be interviewed, but you’ll be Googled, Facebook stalked and searched on many other social media platforms.

By some off chance, if a raunchy photo appears from your teen or young adult years, it will be very unlikely that you’ll be hired.

The internet today makes it seem as if we can erase every mistake that we’ve ever made instantaneously. We can clear our history, delete embarrassing or inappropriate Facebook posts from 2006, and untag ourselves from unattractive photos in seconds.

But your past will haunt you. That distasteful joke you made can be seen by your future bosses along with the photos you were unwillingly tagged in that time you passed out at a party.

Moreover, personal photos that you choose to take and send to people will be saved, and can be used later on against you. The best way to avoid this embarrassing and shameful incident is to never partake in it at all.

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