On Sunday evening, the “Fappening” occurred. A hacker leaked numerous racy photos showing celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunce, Kaley Cuoco, and more, bearing it all. The Internet exploded as popular message boards like 4chan and Reddit scrambled to the scene, users equipped their wrist braces, grabbed some tissues, popcorn, and, well, you can imagine the rest. If you forgot to buy tissues today, there may be a shortage of them by tomorrow morning.
Public relations teams were immediately summoned in full force in an effort to restore order. The photos were originally leaked by an anonymous user on 4chan, quickly the photos spread to Reddit.
The photos will not be posted in this article, but if you are interested, here is the original Reddit thread that compiled it all. Jennifer Lawrence’s PR team is currently in full damage control, seeing as most of the photos posted were of her.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s rep told E! News. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
4chan and Reddit users concluded that the photos were leaked through Apple’s cloud storage service. Actress Mary Winstead scolded people who were looking at her photos. She tweeted:
To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.
— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
However, we live in the age of the Internet. If you take nude photos and back them up with Apple’s data recovery service, your photos are being stored somewhere and you run the risk of your data being compromised. Cloud storage is an amazing invention, but it also has risks. You should never store anything online that you are not willing to share, as there is always a chance that your information could be stolen.
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