Hacking World Moves into Celebrity Nudes

Scarlett Johansson.

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The FBI has confirmed that it’s investigating claims by at least three young celebrities, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and singer Justin Timberlake, that their phones have been hacked.  Turns out that smart phones aren’t too smart when it comes to security and that celebrities seem to follow that same trend.

The two nude photographs of Scarlett Johansson became widely available in the US after links to them were posted on an aggregator site this week and photos and texts between Kunis and Timberlake have been available for some time.

The FBI’s rapid involvement in the case is the most interesting twist.  Cell phone hacks have been ongoing for well more than a decade, and there’s been little that has been done by law enforcement or congress to curb the assault — which may be a good thing.  Technology always leads society’s response to that technology.

If you’re not a celebrity, it doesn’t mean that you’re safe.  The contents of your phone’s contacts list, documents, email, etc. have been available to professional hackers for years and although the security technology embedded in our smart phones is getting better, it will likely be a couple of years before using our phones is reasonably safe.

Your phone can be hacked via its Bluetooth connection, WiFi connection and even over the airwaves you use to talk.  Hackers have demonstrated devices which allow them to have the same access privileges as your phone’s provider — which means that they can get at everything and anything on your phone without your permission, and without even your knowledge.

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