The leak of hundreds of erotic and nude photos of celebrities quickly got the interest of most of the internet and has dominated the news headlines for the past day already. As it is with every leak, people start to wonder where it came from and who could be behind it. Like before, the users of reddit and 4chan started their own investigation and also got some results quite fast.
They started the claim that the 26-year old web developer Bryan Hamade was behind the hack and leak. This was based on the posted screenshots that appeared online that showed a series of names that could be connected to the web development company Southern Digital Media. At first however they thought it was the 15-year old intern that was the culprit, but quickly changed their target towards the server administrator.
Hamade has given several interviews and is denying any and all allegations that he should be the hacker, saying “I only reposted one thing that was posted elsewhere and stupidly had my network folders visible.”
“I am not the original leaker. The real guy is on 4chan posting intermittently,” Hamade says. “He’s most likely the one behind it, but it does seem the photos passed around to multiple people before being leaked, so it may just be someone who has them and didn’t hack to get them. I’d never in a million years know how to hack into any of the accounts listed. 4chan just attacked me because they like to attack anyone in situations such as this.”
Hamade has also become the target of serious abuse in the wake of the accusations. It’s been a nightmare and he hasn’t slept for 34 hours, he said in a statement to BuzzFeed. He is being bombarded by email threatening him and to hack his websites and calling him at home to insult him only to hang up again. They even said they would hack his mothers website, so he took that down for now.
Hamade really regrets that he shared the photos, specially since he didn’t even get any Bitcoins out of it. “It’s the stupidest thing I’ve done and I hope it won’t ruin my life, though it probably will sine it’s the biggest news story.”
I honestly hope that this story won’t turn into another version of the CCTV investigation by the Reddit community on the Boston marathon bombings, where their identified suspect turned out to be an innocent homeless man, and was found dead. Vigilante actions aren’t the solution.
Apple is currently investigating the breach, but haven’t said anything definite about the attacks yet. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Some reports also indicate that the photos have been sold on black market sites for some time, but it wasn’t until they hit 4chan that the general population found out about it.
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