A few days ago, there it was. Candid nudeshots of lots of celebrities. It was quickly called ‘the fappening’, dubbed after a pun between ‘fapping’ (masturbating) and ‘the happening’ (a buzzword used by lots of self-important hipsters). Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, some Disney stars I don’t know; all had their private pictures leak from ‘iCloud’, Apple’s cloud-storing program. Mainstream media jumped on this opportunity to blast sites like 4chan and Reddit for spreading these images, often calling those who did ‘vile, creepy 14-year olds’. Though that may be true, there are a lot of misunderstandings in the mainstream media. This article aims to right some of those wrongs.
There never was ‘a’ hacker. There never was ‘a’ leak. There wasn’t even much of a ‘hack’ either. The hack that did take place was probably already over two years ago, as detailed by WIRED back when the iCloud was already reported to have vulnerabilities. This also explains why for instance Mary Elizabeth Winstead has stated that her pictures were deleted many years ago. This isn’t a fresh hack. Keep reading