This Sunday must have been the most satisfying day in recent history for the Internet's pervert population, as a 4chan hacker leaked a massive collection of nude celebrity photos online.
Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and many other big name stars had their private collection of photos shared online without their consent.
The hacker apparently broke into the said celebrities' iCloud accounts and smartphones, and lifted those images that showed them completely in the nude or at least partially naked.
The hack job was a deplorable enough incident, but the way the social media reacted afterwards made it all the more disgusting. Instead of sympathizing with the celebrities – some of whom may never recover from this – the insensitive netizens deemed it appropriate to gleefully share the pictures on Facebook and Twitter.
The reasoning behind it being that since these people already show their skin in front of the camera, it's no big deal if some more photos of theirs in compromising positions are shared online. Even more inappropriate is some people's berating of Jennifer Lawrence and others for taking nude pictures of themselves in the first place.
But good sense soon prevailed:
While the general public's reaction was wholly inappropriate, it's not the only point worth discussing in this mess. Apple, for years, has been taking undue pride in iCloud's security system, which it has often branded unbreakable. The rumor, however, has it that the hacker stole the nude pictures from iCloud accounts. There is no proof of it at this time, but if it's established, these stars have a legitimate case against Apple as well, because its confidence may have led them to be a bit careless with their date.
What's the lesson from this? It may not seem so at times, but celebrities are actually human beings just like us with the same heart and emotions. They may be better looking and may have more money than us, but it doesn't mean they are invincible.