How to avoid having naked photos stolen by hackers

Mila Kunis and Justin TimberlakeMila Kunis, the star of movies such as “Black Swan” and “Friends with benefits”, is the latest celebrity to be making the headlines over allegations that hackers broke into her mobile phone and stole nude photos.

In the wake of the story about nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, several gossip websites have reported that they were contacted by people offering to sell them pictures stolen from Mila Kunis.

In Kunis’s case, the images are said to have been taken from her mobile phone, and apparently show her “Friends with benefits” co-star Justin Timberlake lying on a bed topless, wearing some pink underwear on his head, and an image of Mila Kunis in the bath.

A fourth explicit image is said to feature an intimate part of a man who cannot be identified because his err.. head is out of the frame.

It’s also alleged that private SMS text messages between Kunis and Timberlake are available on the internet.

Clearly, there’s a continuing theme of celebrities having nude photographs of themselves leaked onto the internet – whether to publicise their careers or latest movies, or to make money for those who stole the images.

Past victims have included Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens.

So, here’s my simple advice which I recommend to every Hollywood actor/actress, rapper and TV reality star. Cut it out and keep it in your wallet:

Cut-out-and-keep reminder

In fact, this is good advice for anyone to remember who finds themselves naked with a camera pointed at them, or is considering taking a self portrait before remembering to put on their clothes.

By the way, it’s best to print out this page before you cut-out this advice. You don’t want to damage your monitor. And ask a grown-up for help with the scissors.

And that’s how you avoid having naked photos stolen by hackers.


Nude Scarlett Johansson pictures – hacker blamed, but when will celebrities learn?

Scarlett JohanssonThe FBI are once again investigating reports that nude photos of a famous celebrity have been leaked onto the web.

Twitter was ablaze earlier today with messages claiming to link to naked pictures of film actress Scarlett Johansson, which were allegedly stolen from her iPhone by a hacker earlier this year.

The photographs may or may not be of Scarlett Johansson, but I would suggest that every hot-blooded male exercises some restraint as it’s extremely possible that cybercriminals might exploit the interest to post dangerous links on the web designed to infect computers or steal information.

Of course, Scarlett Johansson isn’t the first celebrity to have fallen victim to a nude photo hacker.

Nude photos and videos of Vanessa Hudgens, the star of “High School Musical”, surfaced on the net earlier this year, after it was claimed the actress’s Gmail account was hacked.

Other victims in the past have included Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.

Late last year, German investigators alleged that two hackers had
broken into the accounts of over 50 pop stars, including Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Justin Timberlake.

In that instance, prosecutors claimed that hackers infected computers with malware in order to steal celebrities’ credit cards details, private pictures, emails and unreleased songs.

Celebrities may be very privileged, but they deserve privacy as much as the rest of us when it comes to their personal phone and email messages.

And like the rest of us, they are just as capable of being foolish about their computer security.

There’s a very simple lesson that celebrities should learn: if you must take nude photos of yourself, don’t leave them on your phone or store them in your email.


Pink claims her Facebook page was ‘hacked’

PinkPop singer Pink has posted an angry message to hackers, who she claims stole photographs from her Facebook page.

But was Pink’s Facebook page really hacked, or was she just one of the many people who have been careless with their privacy settings?

The Grammy award-winning singer, famous for hit records such as “Get the party started” and “God is a DJ”, posted on Twitter about the incident, but didn’t clarify the nature of the photos the hackers might have accessed.

My first thought was that the photo may be of her baby daughter Willow, after the singer recently railed against “intrusive paparazzi behaviour” as the media clamoured for the first pictures of her child.

Pink's tweet

TO ALL THE PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW HACKING INTO MY PRIVATE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK, PLEASE STOP. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR PRIVACY.

Interestingly, Pink seems to be blaming herself for uploading the photograph to Facebook in the first place.

Pink's tweet

it's my own fault 4 posting a picture. i should know better.anyways,there are way more important things in the world than my facebook page.

This is quite astute of Pink. As we’ve said many time times before, if you want to keep something really private – don’t upload it to a website, even if they do claim to have privacy controls in place.

Without further information it’s hard to clarify whether Pink’s Facebook account really was hacked, or whether she was simply sloppy with her privacy settings – allowing people who weren’t friends of hers to view what were presumably private photographs.

Privacy levels for items posted on Facebook

Last month, Facebook announced it was revamping its privacy settings, making it more obvious to users how their uploaded photos, status updates and personal information was being shared.

If Pink is reading this, and wants to learn more about security and privacy issues on Facebook, she is most welcome to joining the Sophos Facebook page, where more than 100,000 people regularly share information on threats and discuss the latest news.