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What We Know About the Latest Nude Celebrity Photo Hack

Kim Kadashian Attends The Kardashian Kollection Spring Launch At Westfield Parramatta
Kim Kardashian attends the Kardashian Kollection Spring Launch at Westfield Parramatta on September 13, 2014 in Sydney. Lisa Maree Williams—Getty Images

And what we don't

More explicit photos were posted on the website 4chan Saturday, this time purportedly showing Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Hayden Panettiere, Kaley Cuoco, Hope Solo and an underage Disney star, among other female celebrities.

Previously unseen photos purportedly showing Jennifer Lawrence, who became the face of the last major celebrity photo hack, were posted, too. The photos quickly spread from 4chan to Reddit, following the same pattern as the previous hack, which leaked private photos of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and almost 100 other female celebrities.

Here’s what we do and don’t know about the latest nude celebrity photo hack:

Are the photos real?

At least two of the hack’s victims have confirmed their leaked photos are, in fact, real.

Actress Gabrielle Union told TMZ on Saturday that her photos were intended for only her husband’s eyes, and slammed the hackers’ insensitivity. “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,” Union said.

On Sunday, Actress Meagan Good released a statement on Instagram, saying “I’m definitely in shock… Saddened for everyone who is experiencing this… But I ‘choose’ not to give the persons responsible my power.. At the end of the day—We all know these pictures were for my husband.”

In the last celebrity hack, many victims confirmed that the photos were indeed authentic. Cuoco, whose photos were also released in the previous hack, said Thursday on Jimmey Kimmel Live! that she was disturbed to realize the photos were real, but ended up making a “joke about it,” because “you have to make fun of yourself.” Other reactions were less lighthearted: Lawrence’s rep called it a “flagrant violation of privacy.”

What about the other celebrities?

Most have not released statements, or have declined to speak. A rep for Kardashian has declined to comment about the leaked photos to multiple publications. There’s also no word from Panettiere, Olsen, Solo or Hudgens.

But many are wondering about Hudgens, and what approach she’ll take now that she’s not the young Disney starlet of the High School Musical franchise. In 2007, after being shamed for a leaked nude photo, the 18-year-old actress apologized to fans, while Disney followed up and told People that “We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.”

How did it happen?

No one knows yet, but experts told TIME they believe it’s similar to the last celebrity photo leak, when Apple confirmed that it was a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions,” and a not system-wide breach of iCloud or Find my iPhone, as was first widely believed. (TIME has reached out to Apple for comment regarding the most recent hack.)

Bob Stasio, Vice President of Threat Intelligence at CyberIQ Services, said the most probable cause is that hackers obtained access to photos by answering security questions to recover or reset passwords—a common tactic and the one apparently used last time. Last year, Michelle Obama’s and other celebrities’ financial records were accessed by hackers who knew enough personal identifying information to impersonate them, according to CNBC.

“The problem with celebrities is that a lot of their information is publicly available,” Stasio said.

Once the passwords have been reset, the hackers can access the celebrities’ e-mail accounts to obtain the passwords to enter iCloud. Hackers will have previously gained access to the stars’ computer servers, thus their e-mails, either physically or remotely through backdoors planted in their systems, Stasio said. These backdoors may have been planted through targeted emails that tempt the users to click on a link or download an attachment.

“That’s really how hacking works,” Stasio said. “It’s all very iterative. You get to one spot, and you have to get to the next spot.”

Can the hackers be found?

They haven’t been found yet, and security experts believe it will be difficult, but not impossible, to track down the hackers. If iCloud accounts were accessed, then Apple can use a record of logins to determine the IP address, Stasio said. But hackers would likely hide their IP address by routing through a different one in another country, which complicates the process. Another method would be to track who had originally posted the pictures on 4chan.

In fact, experts say photo-leaking culprits are often caught, and the fact that both Apple and law enforcement are already involved make the investigation even more likely to turn up results. In 2011, for example, a hacker used the “forgot my password” function to access and leak nude photos and other personal information of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera. An FBI investigation resulted months later in a Florida man being sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, according to CNN.

“The success rate is very high. People doing this are very foolish, thinking they’re going to get away with it,” said Phil Lieberman, President of Lieberman Software Corporation. “For a period of time, they’re the hero. Once they’re caught, they’ll become the zero.”

So why haven’t we found the hackers yet?

In short, it takes time.

“If someone’s life is in danger, law enforcement moves very quickly,” Lieberman said. “But pictures of celebrities don’t rise to the level of kidnapping, murders or serious violent crimes. They’re seen more as economic crimes or invasions of privacy, which are serious, but go on a little slower track.”

Moreover, the fact that Apple’s weak iCloud security was patched only recently means that several intruders may have been in the system for quite a while, experts said, which would add additional layers to the investigation.

Will it happen again?

Experts say yes: This is the second major celebrity photo hack in one month, and it’s part of a rising trend. When Target was hacked last year, Stasio said, a group of hackers sent e-mails to other companies saying they’d detected a similar vulnerability, offering help through a clickable link, which, if opened, would’ve infected the company’s system.

“Not only have the trends of the actual hacks spread, but people use the awareness of the hack itself to try to use it as an infection,” Stasio said.

And there’s likely more photos that have been accessed but not yet shared. Lieberman said that for hackings in the commercial world, the average time the hacker or hackers have spent in the system is 200 days. This suggests the intruders could’ve had months to amass a large collection of explicit photos.

“This may not even be different than the first one,” Lieberman said. “This may in fact be the same group of people with the same set of data, just simply taking another bite of the apple.”

TIME celebrities

John Green and Bill Gates Are Teaming Up to Bring Clean Water to Ethiopia

Gates has said he'll match $100,000 if Green can raise it

Author John Green has gotten a lot of attention for his heart-wrenching novel The Fault in Our Stars, the bestselling young-adult-novel-turned-blockbuster-movie about two young cancer patients who meet in a support group. But most fans who only know of Green for this reason aren’t aware of his philanthropic efforts, in which he leverages his large social media following and YouTube fan base. His charitable fundraisers have been geared at everything from cancer to censorship to malaria, but now he’s tackling clean water with the help of Bill Gates.

Green’s biggest fans call themselves “Nerdfighters,” those whose goal in life is to, in Green’s words, “decrease world suck,” and Gates seems to have joined the bandwagon, pledging to match the $100,000 Green hopes to raise through “nerdfighteria.”

Green traveled to Ethiopia with the Gates Foundation earlier this year and documented the trip in his weekly YouTube video, saying that “with 80% of people living in rural areas,” the need for clean water in health care centers was vital. He also raved about the impression that Gates and his foundation’s CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann left on him.

“To be honest… I kind of assumed that Bill and Sue were visiting Ethiopia for, like, a photo op,” he says in one of his videos. “But they were there to ask questions, and lots of them…and watching Bill and Sue gravitate away from cameras and toward health workers, it became clear to me that the Gates Foundation fundamental principle that all human lives have equal value isn’t just rhetoric.”

Green and Gates seem to be quite the power duo, with Green writing on Gates’ blog: “My visit to Ethiopia wasn’t sad—at least not merely so. It was invigorating and encouraging. And sad. … But we shouldn’t look away or feel discouraged. We should get to work.”

As of Monday afternoon, Green’s donation page was raising more than $1,000 every 30 minutes. Watch one of his videos about his trip below.

 

 

TIME People

Bill Clinton Drops a Hint About Chelsea’s Due Date

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Chelsea Clinton, US Vice Chairman of the Clinton Foundation, walks onto the stage to make a presentation during the Clinton Global Citizen Awards presentations at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City on Sept. 21, 2014. Ray Stubblebine—EPA

The baby should be arriving in early October

President Bill Clinton is really looking forward to next week. Because by that time, he told CNN, he may be welcoming his first grandchild into the world.

“I hope by the first of October, I’ll be a grandfather,” Clinton said in an interview that aired Sunday. “I can’t wait.”

Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy in April, which should make her about eight months along if she followed the typical rule of waiting three months before sharing her pregnancy. Both the former President and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said they are on “baby watch” over the weekend, in anticipation of their first grandchild. During a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, Clinton said she had been “thinking a lot about family because you know I’m on grandbaby watch.”

The Clintons will be in for another surprise when the baby finally arrives: Chelsea and her husband have opted against learning the sex of the baby before it’s born.

“They want to be surprised,” Bill Clinton said.

[CNN]

TIME Social Media

Joan Rivers Promotes iPhone 6 on Facebook From Beyond the Grave

92nd Street Y Presents: An Evening With Joan And Melissa Rivers
The late Joan Rivers in New York, Jan. 22, 2014. D Dipasupil—FilmMagic/Getty Images

The posthumous post was quickly deleted

The late comedy icon Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81 from complications from throat surgery, gave her fans one last surprise on Friday when her Facebook account promoted the new Apple iPhone 6 with a posthumous post.

The update called the new iPhone 6 a “great achievement in design” before it was quickly removed. Sites like TMZ speculate that the post was the result of a deal with Apple negotiated before her death.

As TIME critic Richard Corliss wrote in his obituary, “If Joan Rivers can no longer talk, she deserves to be talked about forever.” Facebook seems to be doing its part to make that happen. Here’s the full text of the post:

This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010, and after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was the most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech

[TMZ]

TIME celebrities

Kim Kardashian Among Targets in Latest Alleged Nude-Photo Leak

Previously unseen photos of Jennifer Lawrence are also said to be included

Updated Sept. 21, 2:11 p.m. E.T.

Naked photos purportedly showing Kim Kardashian and other celebrities have been posted online in the second major theft and publication of stars’ private photos this past month.

Pictures said to be of Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, Mary-Kate Olsen, Hope Solo, Kaley Cuoco and Aubrey Plaza were posted on the site 4chan and quickly spread on Reddit on Saturday, the Daily Beast reports.

Previously unseen photos of Jennifer Lawrence are also said to be included in the latest batch. According to comments in the Reddit thread devoted to discussing the photos, the latest hacking may also include photos of underage Disney stars.

A rep for Kardashian declined to comment to multiple publications. Actress Gabrielle Union released a statement about the leak, calling whoever had leaked them “vultures.”

“I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them,” Union said in a statement with her husband Dwyane Wade, according to TMZ. “These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide.”

The actress’s legal team is contacting the FBI to investigate the theft and publication of the photos.

The theft comes a few weeks after photos of Lawrence, Kate Upton and close to 100 others were published online in August, just before Labor Day. A rep for Lawrence confirmed that the photos belonged to the actress and called them a “flagrant violation of privacy,” saying that “authorities [had] been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.” A spokesperson for singer Ariana Grande, another a purported victim of the incident, said the photos were fake.

“I think it’s a wake-up call for people to make sure they have every privacy setting,” Kardashian said of the hacking during a radio interview earlier this month. “It seems like there are a lot of people that love to spend their time hacking people’s information, and that’s just a scary thing.”

TIME Television

Fashion Police to Continue Without Joan Rivers

92nd Street Y Presents: An Evening With Joan And Melissa Rivers
The late Joan Rivers on Jan. 22, 2014 in New York City. D Dipasupil—FilmMagic/Getty Images

The show will return to the air in January

The E! television show Fashion Police will continue in January 2015 despite the death of its star Joan Rivers, the network announced Friday.

“We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police,” the network said in a statement to Deadline. “We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue.”

Rivers, who died on Sept. 4, hosted the celebrity fashion commentary show alongside Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos.

[Deadline]

 

 

TIME Books

Exclusive: Read James Franco’s New Poetry

Hollywood Dreaming
Insight Editions

Read Franco's poetry about Spring Breakers and Sean Penn, excerpted from his forthcoming book Hollywood Dreaming

The latest project from multi-hyphenate movie star James Franco will be the book Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems, due out Sept. 23, 2014. The book includes snapshots, short stories, essays and poems — including the two excerpted below.

ANGELZ

That was a time we had down in F-L-A.

It was something, like with all movies,

That was special, like a bubble, in which

We all lived, a magic time, where we all

 

Came together. This is how it iz on all filmz

But this one was special, because them girlz

Was doin’ sumptin like this fo’ the first time

And they wanted to be rescued, di’n’ they.

 

At first they was excited, and said yes, yes,

Then they was scared, and pulled back,

Because they waz still loyal to all them fanz

Of theirs, the young wunz, impressionable.

 

But then it changed, once again, when I arrived

Because I waz the electricity that shocked dem

Into place, you see how that happened?

They was hot young things with skillz of sex

 

That I brought to the fore, and galvanized.

 

 

SEAN II

They called you Sean

De Niro because of your

Dedication. An actor

As engrossed in his role

As De Niro, as LaMotta,

You were Spicoli, stoner,

Prophet, entertainer, politico.

 

Smart enough to know

Not to give too much:

That ordering pizza

In class was the move

That would last.

Everyone loves a loser

If he smiles; everyone

Wants to relax.

 

Spicoli, in his dream, won

Surf contests, and had babes

On his arms, and was asked:

“A lot of people expected

Maybe Mark ‘Cutback’ Davis

Or Bob ‘Jungle Death’ Gerrard

Would take the honors

This year.” You said,

“Those dudes are fags.”

 

And when he introduced you

For your nomination for Milk,

De Niro, now your friend, said

He couldn’t believe you

Had been cast in all those

Straight roles, because

In Milk you were such

A fine homo. And when

You and I kissed

On Castro Street, it was for a full minute.

Your beard was like my father’s.

 

Excerpted from Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems by James Franco, published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2014 James Franco

TIME Television

Darrell Hammond Is Headed Back to SNL As the Voice of the Show

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Actor Darrell Hammond visits the SiriusXM studios on January 23, 2013 in New York City. Ilya S. Savenok—Getty Images

Live from New York, it's Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond, the longest-serving cast member in Saturday Night Live history, is returning to be the voice of the show.

Hammond will take over as the show’s announcer after Don Pardo, the host for all 39 seasons of SNL, died in August at age 96. The show’s 40th season begins Sept. 27.

SNL’s Weekend Update segment confirmed the move—first reported by the New York Times and USA Today—in a tweet:

Hammond, the master of impressions, was a cast member from 1995 until 2009. As host, he won’t be expected to replicate Pardo’s announcer voice, Executive Producer Lorne Michaels told the Times.

“He had the greatest run and he’s a completely beloved figure. So I thought: Don’t turn this into something else. That period ended,” he said. “I think it will be good to have Darrell doing his own separate thing.”

TIME Security

Apple: We Can’t Give Your iPhone Data to the Government

Apple Unveils iPhone 6
Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

"We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers."

After dozens of celebrities had their most intimate photos stored on Apple’s iCloud service stolen by hackers and released online, the company used Wednesday’s iOS 8 update launch to defend its concern for privacy and introduce new security measures.

In an open letter posted on Apple’s website, CEO Tim Cook stressed the company’s efforts to keep consumers’ information private and sought to distinguish Apple from how its competitors use personal data.

“A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product,” Cook wrote, referring to how major websites, such as Google and Facebook, use personal information and personal activity online to tailor advertisements to their users. “But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.”

The statement is particularly pertinent after the Sept. 8 announcement of a smartwatch and new apps on the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that represent Apple’s most significant foray into health tracking and mobile payments.

“Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers.”

Apple does have a service that tailors ads based on some of what Apple knows about users, but Cook wrote that the service doesn’t pull data from products like Apple’s health apps or the Mail app.

Cook also addressed allegations that the U.S. government has collaborated with major Internet firms to gather data on users, saying Apple has not allowed access to its servers and has “never worked with any government agency from any country” to allow exclusive access to personal information retained by Apple.

Apple also said that iOS 8, the newest iPhone operating system, would automatically encrypt data stored on iPhones and protected by your passcode, making it impossible for even Apple to share that information with the government or law enforcement. That encryption rule, however, doesn’t apply to data stored on Apple’s iCloud storage service.

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” said Apple. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

 

TIME Music

R&B Singer August Alsina Collapsed During His New York Show

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Recording artist August Alsina visits BET studio on September 15, 2014 in New York City. Bennett Raglin—BET/Getty

There's no word yet on the "No Love" singer's condition

R&B singer August Alsina collapsed and fell off the stage during a Monday night concert at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, E! News reports.

In disturbing fan videos, security personnel are seen gesturing for someone to cut the music and then rushing toward Alsina — BET’s best new artist of the year — after he tumbles into a stunned crowd.

Security brought Alsina backstage, and paramedics later loaded him into an ambulance. The singer was alert enough to wave to fans from the stretcher, TMZ says.

The reasons for the 22-year-old’s collapse, as well as his current condition, are still unknown, E! News says.

The show was the third of four concerts in Alsina’s Testimony Live tour. The last concert is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Kansas.

Just hours before his ill-fated performance, Alsina released the video for “No Love (Remix)” — a duet with rap idol Nicki Minaj.

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