Technology has offered all sorts of benefits regarding the collection, storage, and protection of data. But while a valuable tool, it is also easily exploited; just ask the celebrities who have been the victims of hacking. The most prolific incident was in August 2014 when almost 500 private photos belonging to celebrities—many of which were nude photos of female stars—were posted online after being taken from Apple’s iCloud service.
The case only recently began to see resolution as the man charged with infiltrating the hacked iClouds and stealing the photos—36-year-old Ryan Collins—has been apprehended and agreed to plead guilty to the accusations. He will face five years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine. You have to wonder if, in retrospect, he thinks it was worth it; after all, with celebrities often seeming as larger-than-life people, there’s always going to be that fascination with seeing them at their most bare, both metaphorically and physically.
Of course, outside of this case there have been many other stars who have been hacked. Pictures, both private and not, from hundreds of people in the film, TV, and music industries can be found online regularly, with no way for anyone to police the sources and have the pics removed. Here are just a few entrants from the “celebrities hacked” list.
Last year, thousands of leaked Sony e-mails and documents were posted online via Wikileaks. Those pertaining to One Direction were especially interesting, as they included the likes of Dr. Luke trying to break up the group (he likely has more pressing concerns right now), a poor marketing strategy using fake personalities for each member and Sony being upset that Louis Tomlinson tweeted about his excitement for a movie from another company.
The actor had an amazing stroke of luck when, after his car broke down, he was picked up by a former News of the World employee, who would later reveal that the paper had been invading his privacy via a hacked phone for years! It would later be discovered that News of the World and its parent company, News Corporation, were hacking the phones of a lot of people besides Grant.
Hacked nude pictures intended for her fiance were acquired from the actress’s phone by 35-year-old Christopher Chaney, who was sentenced to 10 years for the act. Quoted as feeling “humiliated,” Johansson could at least take some solace in the fact that she wasn’t alone; Chaney acquired images of 49 other celebrities as well.
With the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, hacking is a matter of quantity rather than quality. Kardashian claims she has been hacked multiple times with her Twitter account being repeatedly infiltrated and, in one instance, her IMDB bio being, how you say, “revised.” With all her fame and money, maybe she should hire someone to think up a more challenging password for her accounts!
This phone hack affected more celebrities than just Hilton, as the hacker, Cameron Lacroix, also acquired the phone numbers of every famous person on her contact list. Lacroix, who has committed a series of cyber crimes over a 10-year period, is currently serving time and has since apologized to Hilton.