Cybersecurity Warning After Celebrity Hack - WBAY

Cybersecurity Warning After Celebrity Hack


Photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton in various states of undress were posted online.

The pictures were reportedly taken from an online cloud-storage type of website, meaning the photos were private and never shared through social media or text message.

"Even though right now this appears to be targeting celebrities, anybody could become victimized by this," said Curt Esser, cybersecurity expert.

A survey from earlier this year shows that the majority of Americans use a cloud-type of website. For most people, even when taking a picture on an iPhone, the photo is automatically sent to a "cloud," similar to the one Lawrence and other celebrities were storing their private photos.

"I think everyone would hate to have their own private pictures that they might have had on their phone or on their own computer not shared with anybody all of the sudden become and made public," Esser said.

Experts said there are ways to keep your photos safe. Don't use the same password for multiple websites and make sure your passwords are difficult to guess.

"People say it's going to be hard to remember. That's the whole point," Esser said.

Despite this latest hack, experts said the benefits of cloud storage outweigh any drawbacks for the general public.

"For the average person, non-celebrity, it's important to have backups," said Esser.

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