Famous people like their security and privacy, right? They have things like bodyguards and assistants and publicists and live in gated communities. So when cases like that of Christopher Chaney — the man who allegedly hacked into the accounts of more than 50 people, including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera — we are totally baffled. That’s why we called up CNET correspondent Declan McCullagh, who shed some light on how famous people’s nekkid pics wind up all over the Web.
Part of the fault, it seems, lies in the celebs themselves, who might be using obvious passwords or easily discovered facts for their password reset questions, Declan told us.
“Let me give you an example: How do I find your mother’s maiden name, or how do you find my mother’s maiden name? Not easily,” he said. “But for Scarlett Johansson, I can just look at Wikipedia. Do I know your pet’s name? No, and you probably can’t find it online. But Mila Kunis might have her pet’s name mentioned in a magazine profile. So the more famous you get, the more information is out there. And a lot of websites a lot of social networking sites and email providers use things like your mother’s maiden name or your pet’s name or where you went to high school as questions that will let you get access to your account if you forget your password. This is a bit of a security risk.”
Those recent Scarlett Johansson nude photos might have made your month, but it’s about to make somebody else’s 5 to 10. Reportedly Scarlett Johansson’s hacker was arrested on federal charges for breaking into her email account, as well as those of other celebs. As part of his sentence, that hacker should have to turn down each and every high five someone tries to give him in prison. It’s the least he deserves!
While FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller could only confirm to the Huffington Post that someone had been arrested in connection to the hackings, other sources claim that a Florida man was taken into custody. The arrest came as a result of the FBI’s year-long Operation Hackerazzi, an investigation designed to get to the bottom of hackers targeting the Avengers star and others. Speaking of bottoms, it sounds like you can kiss any future celebrity nudes goodbye, as opposed to printing them out, taping them to your pillow and kissing them hello every morning, like you do. Don’t try to front; we know you too well.
You guys, these leaked Scarlett Johansson nude pix are the biggest thing to hit the internet since these enormous cats. Seriously, not only is it setting search engines on fire, but now lawyers and even the FBI have been drawn into the storm! Wanna get a closer look at the boobs that have caused a national sensation? Well look no further friends, because we’ve assembled a collection of Scar-Jo’s most cleavage-tastic outfits for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
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It’s been about eight hours or so since nude photos of a young woman that bares a striking resemblance to Scarlett Johansson were leaked online. After seeing the seismic force with which these photos hit the Internet, it’s a wonder that all of the underground tubes through which information flows to the World Wide Web—the Internet is powered by underground tubes, right???—didn’t rupture and burst. Thankfully, Al Gore had the foresight to envision the necessary precautions that needed to be undertaken in case of exactly this sort of incident back when he invented the Information Superhighway™.
We here at TheFABLife have been debating not only the authenticity of these (alleged) ScarJo nudes all day, but also the rationale for them. To that end, here are three burning questions that we demand President Obama answer in a televised address by nightfall (all of which assume that it is actually Miss Johansson who appears in these pics):
1) WHO WAS SCARLETT JOHANSSON SEXTING, ANYWAY?
That is a great question! Alas, only Scarlett, the end recipient, and probably some C.I.A. operatives with high-level security clearance* that gives them the access to wiretap anyone in the United States at will have the answer to that question for sure. However, we DID do some research to help narrow it down. According to the metadata in the pictures, these photographs were “Taken with a BlackBerry Bold 9000 Last Modified Date/Time = 20:25, Oct 12, 2010.” Hmmm, where was ScarJo on October 12 of last year? Well, internet sleuths have already determined that she was in her bedroom. Based on that, the lucky louie that she sent them to be could be: Her husband at the time, Ryan Reynolds (though they would go on to divorce just two months later); her Broadway co-star, Liev Schreiber (the gossip mill seriously churned during A View From The Bridge‘s run); or possibly even one of her We Bought A Zoo co-stars Matt Damon (who is happily married) or Thomas Haden Church (who is happily unmarried). What we DO know is that she almost certainly didn’t send them to Sean Penn, because those two didn’t hook up until March of 2011.
It would appear that Scarlett Johansson is one of the sexiest phone hacking victims we’ve seen in a while. Pictures that the star apparently took of herself in the buff are making the rounds on the web this morning. It could very well be the work of the notorious hacking ring who claim to have jacked “delicate” pix of over fifty different Hollywood actresses back in March. In addition to Scar-Jo, the motley crew of nudie thieves say that have shots of Miley Cyrus, Ali Larter, and Vanessa Hudgens (deja vu!). Although they look pretty real, we’re not totally sold on these naughty pix being authentic. What do you think?
UPDATE (11:20 a.m.): TMZ is reporting that ScarJo is planning on contacting the FBI about this incident. Make of that what you will.
As if general embarrassment and awkward family parties weren’t enough, the Amber Rose nude photo scandal has the model losing work, despite the fact that it really only proves she’s photogenic from any angle. “The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family.” Rose tweeted today, about the photos posted by MediaTakeout. “Its a messed up situation when someone so evil comes into ur life and tries to destroy it. I know I’m not the only girl in the world that has taken pics like that but they were very private.” Amber is right, though; plenty of celebs have naked pictures floating around. Give it five years and people will just put them directly on the back of their business cards.
As for where Amber’s nude photos originated, Rose, currently dating Wiz Khalifa, maintains that they were stolen from her computer. “I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately ,” she tweets. “Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now. We tried to prepare ourselves for this day.” However, Amber reassures fans it was a client, rather than her modeling agency CAA, that reacted so harshly to the pics. “I didn’t get dropped from my agency. I swear I’m on here eday shutting down rumors & the only reason I do is cuz its messing up my business,” she writes. Whoever sent her photos out should be very worried if they themselves have any nudes floating around. We know what we’d do with them: billboard in Time Square.
We might not technically be 12 years old anymore, but the part of our brain that processes nudity makes us instinctively snicker into our hands when presented with the naked human form. In an interview with the LA Times, we learn that Vanessa Hudgens’ nude photos are a thing of the past…unless you have the mind of a middle-schooler. “It’s just silly because I’m a very present person, and that’s the thing that has been so in the past,” Hudgens said of the third round of nude photos released before Suckerpunch premiered. “The fact that somebody keeps bringing up the past is just selfish. I mean, it sucks. I already released a statement the first time it happened. It’s just unfortunate that it keeps reminding people about the past and not the present.” We don’t think “the past” is what people keep being reminded about, Vanessa.
Not only are Hugdens’ hacked photos no big deal, apparently so is her Sailor Moon-meets-S&M costume in the last month’s fantasy action flick. We aren’t made of stone here, Vanessa! “I was in the best shape of my life, so why not? The woman’s body is a beautiful thing. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t, like, be our best in our costumes,” she of the film, going on to explain. “A lot of women get walked all over on by not standing up for themselves, and that’s just not what I’m about. I’m figuring myself out now as a young adult more than I ever have. It’s like my eyes are opening and I’m awakening to controlling my future.” We are right there with you in that future, Vanessa. Unless more nude photos come out, because then we’re going to have to stop for some uncontrollable giggling.
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Christina Aguilera‘s life this year is like the Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract.” She might take two steps forward, but then somewhere along the line, she takes two steps back. Here we thought that with her new job as a judge on The Voice she was moving forward, but it was just revealed that some raunchy photos that were taken of Aguilera are being shopped around after someone found them on a memory card in a French hotel room. Two steps back for not double-checking your room before departing, Xtina.
The card contains “hundreds of highly intimate photographs” of Aguilera, reports Radar Online. Some were taken at pal Nicole Richie‘s bachelorette party last September, some taken with boyfriend Matthew Rutler, and others are shots of Aguilera’s son Max. The man who reportedly found the card containing the photos is now trying to sell them, as any classy person would, but gave Radar a taste of what they photos were of. Allegedly, some of the photos show Aguilera dancing on tables, simulating oral sex, and hanging out with two strippers at Richie’s party (sounds pretty normal for a bachelorette party, actually), and in others, Aguilera is in bed with Rutler. No one (yet) has bought the photos, but it’s just one more setback for the pop star, (and the second set of leaked, NSFW photos of her in three months). Don’t make us buy you a fanny pack for your next vacation, girl, you can’t be losing any more pictures like these.
[Photo: Splash News Online]
You have to feel sorry for Chris Brown, because no matter what he does, he still doesn’t realize that he has to own up and take responsibility for his actions. When a nude photo of Brown leaked online the other day, it was unfortunate for Brown, but all our sympathy for him was lost when he blamed the girl he sent the photo to for posting it online. Brown admitted to radio station Hot 99.5 that he took the pic himself (that’s pretty obvious), but then blamed the “reckless” girl he sent the naked photo to for making it public.
“When I saw it I was like, ‘Oh, damn, I kinda did take that picture,’” Brown told DJ Toby Knapp. Knapp then asked what Brown’s mother would say about the situation, and Brown replied “She’ll probably just tell me to watch who I be sending the pictures to—if you gonna do that, don’t be sending them to no . . . Girls be reckless.” Yes, you just kinda took all your clothes off and you kinda took the picture and you kinda hit send, but it’s the “reckless” girl at fault. We’re not saying the girl is innocent (in fact, if you want to be all gross about it, the photo is sort of impressive, so maybe she was trying to put the good word out about Chris), but Chris needs to start owning up to his behavior.
Must have be a slow felony day yesterday if the FBI met with Vanessa Hugdens over nude photos hacked from her Gmail account. Agents visited Vanessa’s lawyers office in Cali for over an hour to discuss the Hudgens’ nude photos that started circulating the internet this week. What makes the FBI’s interest in the Sucker Punch star’s birthday suid different than, say, everyone else’s perverted interest in Vanessa’s first round of naked pics? Oh, just that her pics were probably stolen…by a group of nefarious criminal masterminds.
According to TMZ, the FBI is investigating a ring of hackers who target celebs. In addition to Vanessa, Ali Larter, Busy Philipps, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Emma Caulfield, Addison Timlin and Renee Olstead all had their email hacked and “compromising” photos and video stolen from their accounts. While creeps everywhere might be rubbing their hands together and drooling over the potential famous nudity that could be unleashed, it turns out that a grand total of fifty stars in all had their private information snatched by the group. So odds are not all of the victimized stars are young and hot. Any interest in seeing Ernest Borgnine in all his naked glory? Too bad. The choice is no longer yours to make.