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September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Raising new questions about cloud security for ordinary Internet users, hundreds of private photos of Hollywood celebrities, most of them nude or semi-nude, were posted online Sunday. The photos, many of which (if not all) had been taken with the celebrities’ smartphones, were quickly reposted by users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, prompting lawyers for the celebrities to issue warnings that those doing so faced potential lawsuits for invasion of privacy unless they are removed. Among those appearing in the leaked photos are Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Hope Solo, Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst. On CBS This Morning, Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET, speculated that the hacking represented the work of multiple individuals "and they may have been photos taken over months or years." He also surmised that the leak did not just involve backup copies for any single smartphone, such as Apple’s iPhone. Ackerman warned that almost anyone is a potential target for cloud hackers. "We use so many cloud services, which is great for backing up information and accessing it, but it adds to the degree of vulnerability because it’s out there," Ackerman said.