I’ve long been in the camp that any hacking of celebrities is bad hacking. I don’t care that they make movies or are famous for nothing at all… they are entitled to the same rights of privacy as the rest of us. Breaking into someone’s cell phone to acquire naked pictures is wrong and illegal. That is the equivalent of stealing, and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Breaking into someone’s email though… well, not through any technical or computer prowess, but because you know how to do research on Wikipedia… that’s just luck.
I have no sympathy for anyone who cries that their sex tape was leaked, because, in most cases, it was leaked by them, looking to cash in for some quick cash or promotion. If it is hacked from something that should otherwise be secure, I feel for you, but if you’re just leaving it around on the coffee table for the gardener to potentially grab, go cry your fake tears elsewhere. But what if it’s just in their email and can be grabbed by anyone who guesses the easy and relatively obvious password? Hmmm…
That’s how TMZ is reporting scandalous pics of Miley Cyrus were obtained, with an anonymous “hacker” claiming he got into the former Hannah Montana’s Gmail account, simply by doing a Google search. Supposedly, he’s been trying to pedal celebrity nudes for awhile, but, in light of the recent arrest of Christopher Chaney for his Scarlett Johansson hack, he wanted to reveal his secrets, which mostly boils down to Miley Cyrus is an idiot.
The story goes that he went to Gmail and tried to get into Miley Cyrus’ account by guessing her username. When he didn’t know the password, Gmail asked a security question, which turned out to be the name of one of her girlfriends. Using Google, he was able to figure out who she’d known the longest, guessed it and BAM!!! He’s in.
There’s no telling if this is true or actually works, as I’d hope Miley Cyrus has now changed her email password to something a little more complicated than “1 2 3 4 5,” but then again, have your seen her family tree? That wouldn’t surprise me. And this concludes today’s edition of how some idiot celebrities get “hacked,” when really it’s just people guessing their passwords, because they know someone’s birthday or dog’s name.