I’m feeling so STUPID right now. Just last week I wrote a post on the Best Cloud Hosting Services, in which I raved about how “Safe” the Cloud is, and why everyone should use the cloud to store their personal and private information, so that they can access it from anywhere in the world. Little did I know that The Internet had other plans; as I was gushing and gloating about The Cloud and 256-Bit Encryption and all kinds of other awesome S**T, the internet was laughing at me like I just peed myself on the stage while wearing Khakis. If you haven’t heard yet, something really really really Bad/Good happened on August 31st 2014 – something that’ll change the course of human history forever. August 31st 2014 will forever be remembered as – The Fappening.
What Is The Fappening?
A group of highly skilled underground hackers hacked the private iCloud accounts of many celebs, including Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and about 100 other insanely gorgeous women. What the Hackers found in those iCloud accounts, even left them awestruck – Nude Pictures of all these famous Celebs. I mean DAYUM !!! #Nasty.
So these Hackers basically started collecting these pictures and trading them .via. an underground community. And on August 31st 2014, they decided to release some of these pictures to the public in exchange for Bitcoins – the digital currency. The first pictures to be release were of Jennifer Lawrence, which literally BROKE Twitter, Reddit, Imgur, and 4Chan – everyone went crazy trying to find these pictures and see what previously was only accessible .via. the power of Imagination. After these pictures were released on 4Chan and later posted on Reddit, the whole world just spontaneously combusted with men, young and old alike, focusing all their time, energy, and resources, meditating with both their hands holding the key to the survival of their species, offering sacrifice in the most oddest possible ways; like marathon runners hydrating every Hour. Since this is a technology blog, there’s only but so much I can describe with the words currently in my vocabulary, without crossing the line. The rest I’ll leave it to your imagination.
After Jennifer Lawrence, they released Nude Pictures of Kate Upton, and from there, things just spiraled out of control.
So, getting back to our original questions, August 31st 2014 is the day of The Fappening.
Which takes me to our next topic of discussion:
How Safe Is The Cloud?
To be honest, there is no Right or Wrong answer to this question. In my humble opinion, if you’re smart enough with the things you store on the Cloud, you’ll never have a problem. Of course, if you’re dumb enough to take your Nudes and upload them to the Cloud, and someone out there is hell bent on getting their hands on those Nudes, they WILL find a way to hack into your account and steal your private info. Fortunately, most of us are not Celebs and our lives aren’t out there for the public to slice and dice; nor do most of us have obsessive fans – so in actuality, 99.9999999% people don’t have to worry about their iCloud Account being hacked.
With that said, until the dust settles down and Apple or any other Cloud Storage Services out there, get to the bottom of how the hackers were able to exploit the loop-holes in these allegedly sophisticated Cloud Storage Systems, and get access to the Private Pictures of these Celebs, I’d suggest laying off the Cloud for a while. Make sure to set very strong and unique passwords, that consist of a combination of Upper Case and Lower Case letters and symbols like the ‘$’ sign. Also, avoid taking Nude selfies of yourself, and storing them on your Mobile Device or The Cloud for that matter.
Just because Apple or Dropbox says that their Cloud Storage Service is the safest and has 256-Bit Encryption, doesn’t make it true. It’s only a matter of time before someone figures out how to break into one of these highly secure data storage vaults, and BOOM goes the illusion of “Safety”. In the digital world, nothing is safe. It is our responsibility to be smart with what we choose to share/store over the internet.
Good Luck 🙂
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