Next Wave of Naked Selfies Points to Danger for Everyone

Just when you thought the drama was over. Apple is taking the iCloud hack that revealed naked selfies of celebrities seriously, adding new security tools to keep its cloud safe. But thereEUs still fallout from the early-September iCloud hack.

Indeed, headlines report a new wave of naked photographs of celebrities leaked online. This wave includes movie star Gabrielle Union, pop star Rihanna, Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens, reality TV show personality Kim Kardashian, U.S. Olympic soccer team goalie Hope Solo and U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney.

Union and her new husband, NBA star Dwayne Wade, issued a joint statement that said, in part: "It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures.EU

Behind the Photos

Other celebrities have also spoken out, but Andrew Conway, a research analyst at Cloudmark, a carrier-grade messaging security and infrastructure solutions firm, told us itEUs not just celebrities who have cause for concern. As he sees it, everyone who shares photos on the Internet should be concerned about metadata that may be included, deliberately or inadvertently, within those photos.

EUJPEG photos contain a header known as EXIF information. This may include the data and time the photo was taken, the make and model of camera, the exposure, aperture, and focal length of the lens, and for cameras and smartphones with a GPS, the exact location of the camera when the picture was taken,EU Conway said. EUWeEUve just seen an example of how this data can potentially be used maliciously.EU

Conway explained that at least one of the pictures of Maroney contained latitude and longitude in the EXIF information. This was used along with Google Maps to determine MaroneyEUs home address, he said. It gets even scarier, though. According to Conway, the hacker went...

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