The news spread like wildfire.
Nude photos of several Hollywood stars--including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kate Upton--leaked to the internet and first appeared on image-sharing site 4Chan over the weekend.
These photos were allegedly hacked from the stars' cloud accounts, and that has raised questions about the security of remote-hard drives where a person's emails, pictures and data are stored.
Jeff Schilling is with cloud service provider, FireHost.
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"I think a lot of people, especially celebrities dont take their information security seriously," said Schilling.
Lawrences' reps released a statement which read in part, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's lawyer said quote, "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
More than 300 million people use cloud storing services, and could be vulnerable to hackers, including their financial information. The problem may lie in weak password systems.
"In some cases those security codes aren't put in place and it allows them to throw as many as 500,000 passwords at an account," said Schilling.
Some people refuse to use data-storing sites for exactly this reason, saying they don't want to become a cyber victim.
"You never know what gets out on the internet, and once you put it out there," said Boston resident Michelle Macken.
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