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How did private videos get leaked?
With more then a billion user of the app it is still about The notice as Oberheide rightfully pointed out was non-specific at best, and downright callous at worst—especially considering the sensitive intel that many of us keep in our photos and videos. Google assures users that the underlying issue has been identified and resolved and recommends that affected users perform another export of their data. It also tells users to delete the prior archive. These users may have received either an incomplete archive, or videos —not photos— that were not theirs. We fixed the underlying issue and have conducted an in-depth analysis to help prevent this from ever happening again. We are very sorry this happened. I hope the number of affected parties is small, but the impact to those parties could be high… and very unsettling.
A cloud of uncertainty. As word spread on Sunday evening that hundreds of candid nude photographs of celebrities like Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence were being posted to internet forums, discussion quickly turned to who was responsible. The hackers, clearly, had committed illegal acts. But was Apple's iCloud service, possibly used to surreptitiously access personal data, also to blame? What about the "foolish" women and men who took the photos in the first place? Some have suggested that there are other perpetrators in this case, however - hundreds of thousands of them. They're the viewers who have flocked to message boards like Reddit and 4chan to catch a glimpse of the intimate images. Participating in a group molestation. Mary E Winstead, one of the actresses whose photos were stolen, also had a message for those who viewed them:. She would later post that she is "going on an internet break", in part because of the vitriolic reaction her comments provoked.
No, likely not. No thanks to the leaky photo app they dribbled out of for that, though. After coming across thousands of photos seeping out of an unsecured S3 storage bucket belonging to a photo app called PhotoSquared, security researchers at vpnMentor blurred a few. They also blurred a sample from a host of other personally identifiable information PII they came across during their ongoing web mapping project, which has led to the discovery of a steady stream of databases that have lacked even the most basic of security measures. PhotoSquared, a US-based app available on iOS and Android, is small but popular: it has over , customer entries just in the database that the researchers stumbled upon. Meanwhile, PhotoSquared customers could also be targeted for online theft and fraud. Hackers and thieves could use their photos and home addresses to identify them on social media and find their email addresses, or any more Personally Identifiable Information PII to use fraudulently. The leaky PhotoSquared app is just the most recent story one in a long chain about misconfigured cloud storage buckets.