Google is Now Being Sued For Apple's 'Nudegate' iCloud Hack Scandal

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member

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    For those few who may have missed it, there was a big scandal across the web last month that had a couple of names like "nudegate" and "the fappening." Basically, Apple's iCloud was hacked and a large number of private nude pics of various female celebrities leaked on Reddit. These pics included various celebrities like Kate Upton, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence and many more.

    This was obviously a black eye on Apple's security. Although Apple claimed that the breach wasn't their fault, it turns out the reason the pics were hacked was because iCloud security doesn't have a limit to the number of incorrect password attempts you can make to log into an account. This left it susceptible to a "brute force" attack where thousands of passwords could be randomly generated until one matched.

    You would think that the celebrities would be up in arms and attack Apple for this major security breach, and although that might be partially true, it seems that Google is actually the biggest target of their ire. A Hollywood lawyer named Marty Singer now represents more than a dozen of the celebrities whose pics were stolen and leaked, but he isn't suing Apple, he's suing Google.

    The lawsuit claims that Google has not responded to several take down requests to remove the pics and videos. Supposedly there are still many images on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube which have not been removed. He is asking for $100 Million in damages and claims that Google has done nothing but sit back and profit from the advertising revenue generated from the leaked nude pics.

    Singer sent a letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as executive Eric Schmidt and Google lawyers. Here is a quote with more of the details,

    It will be interesting to see how Google responds to this, and to find out all of the facts. It's entirely possible that Google has attempted to comply with the takedown requests but has simply been overwhelmed finding them all.

    Regardless, it seems ridiculous to go after Google for not being able to stop all of the pics, when it was Apple's lax security that caused the issue to begin with. If anyone is negligent it was Apple. Share your perspective.

    Source: PageSix
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2014

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