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Data breach: 179,000 accounts exposed in nude-celebrity photo scandal

Data breach: 179,000 accounts exposed in nude-celebrity photo scandal
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Do you remember Celebgate? A hacker who was recently charged with the crime, was able to break into 100 or more Hollywood actresses' smartphones, stole their nude photos, then posted them online.

Stars victimized by the hack included "The Hunger Games'" Jennifer Lawrence and singer Avril Lavigne. Of course, you can't imagine how this could affect you.

As it turns out, you may be a victim if you've merely been online chatting about the incident. A forum dedicated to chatting about Celebgate photos was itself hacked, exposing the identities of 179,000 people who'd visited the site.

A Twitter member, who goes by HaveIBeenPwned, posted information about the hack. It's a nasty attack, too.

Victims are subjected to phishing scams, malicious advertising (malvertising), and ransomware. Be on the lookout for pop-up ads that are sexually explicit or that say, "You have a Virus." Some people are being blackmailed, with the hacker demanding ransom be paid in untraceable digital currency called bitcoin, money or gift cards.

Note: You won't believe how easy it was to steal these nude photos. Some celebrities fell victim to a phishing email scam, where they opened up a link they didn't realize was from hacker. Don't fall victim to phishing email scams or phishing text scams.

As the Washington Post noted last month: "[He] used a method of gaining access to password-protected accounts that can victimize pretty much anyone. Phishing schemes come in a lot of different flavors, but all follow the same basic outline: Users are tricked into giving out sensitive information by malicious email accounts or websites that appear legitimate."

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Source: SC Magazine
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