Blame the hackers, not the hacked!September 5, 2014
The media’s been all aflutter over the recent hacking and posting of nude photos of various actresses and female athletes. Accusatory fingers are pointing in every direction, but especially at Apple and other companies that allow customers to keep confidential adult content on their sites, social media platforms like Reddit that allow hackers to post stolen material for public viewing, and even the ladies themselves who, gasp, allowed themselves to be photographed au naturelle with every expectation that the photos would be kept private. (Some of the pictures may have been taken when the women were under age. For the record, taking and distributing nude photos of minors is illegal and just plain wrong.)
What concerns me in all the brou-ha-ha, though, is that nobody seems inclined to blame the pirates who reportedly hacked into private accounts, stole the photos, and posted them online. Nearly everyone appears to be taking for granted that hackers, like blackflies and kudzu, are an unfortunate fact of life about which nothing much can be done. Thus, people who create adult content or fail to thwart its theft become the new targets, criticized up one side and down the other for falling short in their efforts to prevent others from breaking the law.
That approach is unreasonable and unfair. Yes, we can and should expect vendors to put reasonable safeguards in place to prevent hacking, and every parent in America is probably using this sorry situation as a teachable moment, urging kids to keep their clothes on in front of the camera. But the real culprits here are the criminals who stole the photos. Point your fingers at them, not the people and companies they victimized.
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