Photo: Cyber Bandits Hack and Publish Stars Pics
The list of those affected by a hacking ring reads like an entertainment who’s who and allegedly includes sports personalities, politicians and 50 other Hollywood actresses!
Gossip site TMZ lists Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johanson, Ali Larter , Busy Phillips, Miley Cyrus, Emma Caulfield, Addison Timlin and Renee Olstead, as well as other victims of the hack-attack. The hacker bandido also targeted Latina stars like Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.
The cyber bandits published sensitive information- mostly racy pictures, they found in the celebrities private accounts.
The FBI has gotten involved, and agents sat down with Vanessa Hudgens, to investigate how her email account was infiltrated, and private pictures leaked.
Hacking into a private account is easier than one might expect; Once the hacker has a hold of the actual celebrity email address, all he/she has to do is follow the “forgot my password” link and answer a secret question.
In the case of a celebrity, the answer to a question like “mother’s maiden name” “name of first pet” or even “What’s your favorite teacher?” is nine times out of ten, a Google search away; Every interview, every questionnaire, every comment the celebrity has made, can easily be reviewed, and the answer found.