Sex, celebrity and cyber security may sound like an unlikely combination, but this week it actually happened. In a huge leak photos of naked celebrities were plastered across 4chan, prompting a flurry of accusations and media comment.
Unsurprisingly the first order was to work out who to blame. Kirsten Dunst, an actress affected by the leak, took to Twitter to attack Apple’s iCloud service, which many believe was corrupted somehow. Others cheerfully noted the folly of being famous and posting such pictures, leading to much political quarrelling across the blogosphere.
Forbes journalist Kashmir Hill dubbed the advice not to submit nudies over insecure networks "sext abstinence education", before calling for a focus on practicing "safe sext". "It simply doesn’t work anymore to say ‘If you don’t want it exposed, don’t do it in the first place,’" she said, adding that we all have digitised data that we would rather not be let loose.
She’s not wrong in her last comment, but cyber security does not see abstinence as the mere priggishness of puritans. At the FT Cyber Security Summit only this week an industry expert told CBR that the "crown jewels" of security (pun maybe intended) are sometimes best left entirely disconnected from the internet.