Naked Celebrity Hack!

4th Sept 2014

Ariel Silva – Truth Movement News


Jennifer Lawrence is a smart girl, one tough cookie who’s down to Earth attitude and fun-loving persona has Hollywood wrapped around her little finger. She is a breath of fresh air in a cesspit of less than savoury characters and an industry that is responsible for ruining far more lives than ones it boosts.

In the last few days she has become the face of what is the latest hacking scandal; a swag of nude celebrity photos syphoned from user’s accounts on the “Apple ICloud.” She was the first one to have a rep tell the media scrum surrounding the issue that anyone who posted the photos would be prosecuted. Therefore admitting they were authentic images of the star.

Jennifer Lawrence’s rep statement said, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Some of the other celebrities mentioned in the hack used Twitter and other social media platforms to express their dismay their photos were taken and others (Ariana Grande) told the world that the photos shared were not real ones and were faked.

Debate is already raging over the latest scandal, with publications instructing viewers and readers not to go in search of these sordid photos, to let the stars maintain their dignity and personal lives and to elevate ourselves higher as a culture to a point where snaps of nude female celebrities were not a sought-after commodity.

There have been articles touching on sexism and feminism, discussing the way that people have chosen to go after the images simply because they depict famous women and that not nearly as many would search for a male star unlucky enough to have his personal naked photos spread across the internet.

There have been people asking, “Well, why the hell do they have naked photos anyway?” provoking a reaction that there is some “victim-blaming” going on, the most famous comment of which came from comedian Ricky Gervais when he tweeted this then deleted it.

Unfortunately, even if somewhere morally one thinks it’s pretty self-absorbed to take naked photos and save them for some kind of use later or  even if someone is annoyed that this type of fluff is actually mainstream news when so much else is going on around the world, the fact of the matter remains; the person behind the hack is in the wrong. This person is now being investigated by Apple and the FBI on behalf of those who were not using their common sense when messing around with their phone cameras.

A FBI spokesperson was quoted on the subject as 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. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”

There is a notion in certain circles that while these people were all out getting famous and very rich in Hollywood films, a growing minority has spent a lot of their time researching how latest technology and certain devices are vulnerable not only to hacking but eavesdropping by government agencies(especially since 9/11), content leaching and unwanted data retention or unsolicited GPS transmissions.

These informed and aware people will probably never even own a Smartphone until if/when they are made to and certainly wouldn’t trust it with pictures or other very private subject matter. This situation brings to light the fact there is a real ability for personal information to be taken at will from “clouds” and other places of storage on (or associated with) devices millions of people carry with them everyday.

Being watched, hacked or listened to is no longer a fantasy “paranoid” people concoct in their heads. This is now in the media and just like the information, for eg, brought to mainstream media’s attention by the likes of people like Edward Snowden, people who otherwise would not care, are actually starting to take notice.

*Please see this video from 2007 detailing agency’s abiliies to snatch private conversations via cell phones  and check out a previous story we ran on how Google uses GPS on phones to track an individuals whereabouts even if they have not consented.

In the last few weeks, California has passed a bill under the guise of preventing stolen phones being used by thieves. Phones are now subject to a Killswitch – that is, the phone can be turned off if the provider is informed the phone is stolen/lost/not with the rightful owner. All phones sold after July 2015 will be fitted with this.

A Killswitch for media devices in certain vicinities or at certain times has been discussed repeatedly over the years in the media, in the vein of protecting the rights of performers in concerts or the privacy of people attending a funeral, for example.

Electronic Frontier Foundation opposed the move to push the bill through and wrote a PDF letter in which they expressed concerns there are no explicit rules as to who can activate this Killswitch and that killing a phone can bar emergency calls in life-threatening situations.

Apple was the company to file for a patent on the technology to disable a phone’s camera in 2011, later granted 2012. This was described by Apple in a statement describing the technology:

“As wireless devices such as cellular telephones, pagers, personal media devices and smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more people are carrying these devices in various social and professional settings. The result is that these wireless devices can often annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues. For example, cell phones with loud ringers frequently disrupt meetings, the presentation of movies, religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals, academic lectures, and test-taking environments.” expressed concerns years ago.

Apple was so determined to be the voice of privacy, to do what is right for the discretion of the people around anyone with a camera phone. It is ironic that “Apple’s ICloud” is the very source of the leaked/hacked naked pictures of Avril Lavigne, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Lea Michele and others?

In 2011, Perth, Western Australia, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)  was held to a backdrop of helicopters, heavy police presence from other countries as well as Australia and a spate of articles appearing in the media. Several articles bragged that police in Perth would be using technology previously utilised by the Secret Service to protect Barack Obama from potential bombs being set off remotely. This was done via what police called “Phone-Jamming” technology; devices which could render mobile phones useless from kilometres away while the city played host to some of the biggest tyrants in the world.

It has become more than apparent that a Killswitch bill halfway across the world has very real potential to be a standard feature in mobile/cell phones in places like Australia and other countries as their leaders desperately try to be big players in global meetings and organizations.

As of today, California’s neighbour state Nevada has begun drawing up plans to push a Killswitch bill of their own through.

Reno Gazette Journal article 3rd Sept2014

Reno Gazette Journal article 3rd Sept 2014

The reformed and recently passed bill to add a Killswitch option to phones in California can be seen here.

Coincidentally, these measures and the ability to “kill” a phone comes right alongside the most recent example of civil unrest in the state as people rioted following the fatal shooting of “Michael Brown” by a police officer in Ferguson. The riot saw interviews and testimony that police officers were abusing their powers while trying to control the rioting, some of these instances were captured on mobile/cellphone cameras.

On Aug 18 2014, THE HILL stated in an article online “Critics say a California bill passed on Monday contains a dangerous carve-out that could give law enforcement the power to shut down cellphones during emergency situations, possibly including public demonstrations.”

It is apparent that there are far greater issues concerning how information stored on personal devices can be accessed than just some naked celebrity hack.  There is more to this argument than just boobs and other people involved that aren’t just nobodies looking to make a few quick bucks distributing Jennifer Lawrence’s naked image around the internet.

The personal privacy of anyone with a Smartphone capable of syncing information with a cloud or other storage devices is vulnerable, as well as the phone itself. Often, it is not the mischievous hacker down the road with too much time on his hands to watch out for, but the federal agencies, police and authorities who have made no secret of their desire to control the public. One may wonder just what Jennifer Lawrence and the others would think if they knew the Feds had probably seen their naked images/dirty texts and private details already, before the recent hack.




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