So I'm reading this CNN story about a dude who hacked into the accounts of famous "people," also described as "individuals," "entertainers," and "celebrities." There's something all of these "people" seem to have in common, besides being famous, but I just can't quite put my finger on what it is...
Federal authorities accuse a 35-year-old Florida man of hacking into computer accounts and other devices belonging to more than 50 people, including entertainers Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis, Simone Harouche and Renee Olstead, officials announced Wednesday.It's interesting, ahem, that the story notes all the hackers are men, yet fails to note all their targets are women. It's almost like there's some sort of taboo against acknowledging that women are systemically targeted for specific kinds of abuse, almost like there's some kind of resistance to acknowledging institutional disregard for women's consent, almost like no one wants to admit that we live in a fucking rape culture.
Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, was indicted on charges of accessing protected computers without authorization, damaging protected computers, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft, officials said.
"Unfortunately, Mr. Chaney was able to access nude photos of some of the celebrities and some of them were uploaded on the Internet," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said.
...The FBI's Los Angeles office said he was arrested as part of "Operation Hackerazzi," which looked into computer intrusions targeting individuals associated with the entertainment industry.
The first real case of a celebrity hacking attack was in 2005, when hackers logged into Paris Hilton's phone and stole photos of her, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the F-Secure computer security company.
...In August, rapper Kreayshawn wrote on her blog that her Twitter account was hacked when naked photos of her showed up there.
In March, Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical" underwent a similar ordeal after photos were reportedly stolen from her Gmail account.
And in December, police in Germany alleged two young men had used computer-hacking skills to gain access to the e-mail accounts and photos of more than 50 celebrities, according to Britain's The Telegraph, including the likes of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha.