Storm iClouds brewing

A few years ago, I got into a deep conversation with a techie about the coming of the ‘cloud’ computing. He didn’t like it, not one bit. His doubts about the cloud stemmed from his paranoia over big government spying, but more importantly, hackers hacking.

This weekend his nightmare vision he relayed to me came to fruition. Too bad the Hollywood elite who have their naked bodies plastered all over the internet never talked to my lowly paid computer friend. They may have thought twice..

A hacker published Jennifer Lawrence nude on 4CHAN today.. yes, 4chan, the site that constantly guides the internet into new territory.

But even more alarming; The hacker claims to have more private pictures from more than 100 A-list celebrities who apparently have been busily putting nude images of themselves into their safe clouds..  This from Josie Ensor in the London TELEGRAPH today:

An anonymous hacker reportedly gained access to private photos on the Hunger Games actress’s phone, and those of more than 100 others, after a leak on Apple’s online storage system iCloud.

The 60-odd pictures of Lawrence in varying stages of undress were then posted on the bulletin board website 4chan.

More than 100 A-list celebrities are alleged to have been targeted, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian, singer Rihanna, models Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne and Kelly Brook, and TV host Cat Deeley.

This story has big ramifications for everyone.

First off, it compels me to believe that my no-named IT geek knows what he’s talking about. He hates the cloud. I can see why..

And secondly, this shows us how unsafe cloud technology is.

Yes, hard drives can be hacked and attacked. But for God sakes, you still have a plug and a hard-wired device that is your personal possession. When you store in ‘the cloud,’ it’s up there.. in the air.. above your head and over the hills. Far away. Cloudy days..

And finally, the most alarming part of the cloud: The cloud never dissipates, apparently.

One of the hacked now revealed nude celebs: FINAL DESTINATION star Mary Winstead. She tweeted this:

Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.

Deleted long ago. But still around. Never gone.

This is now being called the biggest celebrity hacking scandal. Ever. Some stars say their lawyers will be taking action on anyone who re-posts the naked images.. Twitter is busy suspending accounts of those who publish..

Jennifer Lawrence said tonight: “It’s so weird and hard how people take your privacy away from you.”  Yes, indeed.. but when you trust cloud technology, you’re agreeing to allow your privacy to be entrusted to shaky technology to being with..

The clouds are forming.
A storm is brewing..
This sadly is just the beginning of data never being secure, safe, or sound in the high sky.

What if the strike ends and no one cares?
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