When people think of leaked contents, they imagine photos appearing online. Such scandals have been occurring before the wide use of computers. Former first lady Jackie Kennedy had her nude pictures published in Hustler.
The internet makes the spread of such adult content occur faster. Hacking and other cyber-attacks are frequent even with advanced security measures. Some devices are vulnerable, and people may not use strong passwords. A couple of exploits led to the infamous celebrity nude leak, but Kaley Cuoco reacted with humor.
In 2014, multiple photos of celebrities reportedly were stolen and leaked onto the internet. The images allegedly came from iCloud accounts. Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence are a couple of stars who confirmed they got affected. Others denied the authenticity of their pictures.
It got reported that Apple’s cloud storage contained a few vulnerabilities. Hackers were able to exploit the security risks in order to get into certain celebrities’ accounts. A convenient aspect of iCloud is that users can access their documents and files from multiple devices. However, someone could get a hold of a logged-in device.
The Find My Phone feature allowed hackers to have unlimited guesses to figure out someone’s password. While it is unknown how they stole the photos, celebrities and many others changed how they protect their digital information.
One way is to enable two-step verification. It requires users to confirm their identity upon accessing iTunes, App Store, and more from a new device. Apple is making sure users get notified if a person is trying to change their password. Some may have done what Kylie Jenner does and not take or send nude photos to protect themselves.
Among the confirmed stars affected by the infamous leak was Cuoco. According to Business Insider, she found it disturbing when upon finding out what happened. Cuoco appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and explained she had Google Alerts of herself, which is how the actress discovered the leak.
When Cuoco realized that some of the images were real, she emailed her family to inform them about the situation. Once the star dealt with everything, she tried to turn a bad situation into a humorous one. In a YouTube clip, Cuoco shows how she used non-revealing pictures and ran them through the app.
“I was shooting a scene on ‘Big Bang Theory’ and I was with all the guys, and it was the day after this whole photo leak happened. So, I’m sitting there with them, and in between takes they all helped me pick out the picture and what I should so I could, like, get them [the hackers] back,” Cuoco explained. Kimmel responded that it was “a team effort.”