Thursday, September 15, 2011

Scarlett Johansson calls in FBI over leaked nude pictures

You got that right.

Last night, while taking a break from studying for my midterm exam in Negotiable Instruments, I checked my Twitter feeds and was surprised to see this news. I love Scarlett Johansson. Well, not really for her acting, but still. Apparently, she is the latest victim of hackers targeting celebrities. Semi-naked photos of Scarlett Johansson were leaked in the internet and was published in a number of gossip websites. And it didn't take long before the news got into the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

According to Laura Eimiller of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): “The FBI is investigating the person or groups responsible for a series of computer intrusions involving high-profile figures.” Other actresses who have fallen prey to hackers include Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, and Blake Lively. Its not confirmed, however if it is only a single group responsible for all this attacks. Furthermore, the FBI spokeswoman declined to say how exactly the celebrity victims may have been hacked. “What traditionally was called computer intrusion can nowadays mean anything from…compromise of a desktop, a laptop, an iPad, a phone or really any device with which one can access personal information via the Internet.”

Are we really safe with the Internet? The Internet has given us unparalleled access to information, as well as faster means of communication. However, it has also provided a venue where an individual's privacy may be violated. So how secure are we? If high-profile figures fall victim to hackers, how about ordinary individuals like myself? In the Philippines, I don't think that the NBI has the capacity to track down hackers in the event that they start circumventing an individual's computer security system. Even if we have laws penalizing cybercrimes, do we have the technology, know-how, and the teeth to actually implement the same?

Well, for now, I guess the solution is simple: don't take nude photos of yourself.


Entry # 13

Mark Garrido

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