Date
26 September 2017
Joy Corrigan claims that Apple failed to take proper action despite being informed that her iCloud account had been hacked into. Photo: The Independent
Joy Corrigan claims that Apple failed to take proper action despite being informed that her iCloud account had been hacked into. Photo: The Independent

Apple’s ‘celebgate’ distraction

Is it a minor problem that will blow over quickly? Or could it develop into something big and entail a financial payout to settle the matter? 

This is the thought that must be going through the minds of the top brass at Apple as reports surfaced this week that a 20-year-old woman is initiating a class-action lawsuit over leaked nude photos from iCloud.

Joy Corrigan, an American model, has claimed that images were stolen from her iCloud account months before the recent large-scale photo hacking incident that led to nude photos of over 100 celebrities flooding the internet.

Corrigan says she tried to warn Apple in early July after suspecting that her account had been hacked when naked photos of her mysteriously leaked online. Apple is said to have told her that she had been the victim of phishing and that she needed to change her password.

But just days later her account was hacked again and when she again contacted Apple, she was told the same thing, according to an account in MailOnline.

Now, after the big hacking scandal at end-August, when a person released photos of dozens of celebrities on an anonymous web forum, Apple is said to have contacted Corrigan and denied any responsibility.

The tech giant said the hacking, which resulted in nude photos of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna and Kirsten Dunst being circulated online, did not stem from a widespread attack on its iCloud system.

Instead, it was the result of a targeted attack on the accounts of individual celebrities, the company said, even as it promised to beef up the security features of its iCloud storage system.

Corrigan is now launching a lawsuit against the tech giant for its “crappy security” and is seeking other celebrity victims to join her in the action, website TMZ reported.

The news will certainly be viewed with wariness by Apple, given that it has much bigger things on its plate right now, given the launch of iPhone 6 sales later this week and the Apple Watch next year.

As for the anonymous hacker, the person is said to have complained that the leak of the nude photos hasn’t paid off much in terms of money.

Perhaps the person could try asking the celebrities for a cut if they succeed in pursuing the case against Apple and win a significant settlement. 

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RC

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