Three weeks ago, Kim Kardashian told the BBC that the fact that intimate photos of celebrities had been leaked online at the time was «a huge wake-up call.»
This Saturday, photos showing naked Hollywood celebrities were again published on several internet sites and in this case the victim was Kardashian herself.
Also affected were the actress of the Disney musical «High School Musical», Vanessa Hudgens, the actresses Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), the singer Avril Lavigne and the goalkeeper of the United States women’s soccer team, Hope Solo .
US authorities are investigating the case, and the FBI says it is pursuing a lead that suggests the photos were stolen.
The technology company Apple said it is investigating the accounts that were affected – the previous leak was from its iCloud system – and that it expanded its two-step verification system (which requires entering an extra code, in addition to the password, to access to an account).
In any case, the new case leaves some questions open.
Where did the photos come from?
The answer is difficult. It is still not known where the photos of the new leak came from and there are versions that say they were extracted on a Blackberry phone.
Kardashian told the BBC that she does not have an iCloud account on her phone.
As in the first leaks, the photos appeared briefly on the 4chan and Reddit online forums, before being removed.
Can this happen a third time?
After the first leak, a Reddit user by the name of johnsmcjohn created a forum called The Flappening, which became the place where users who wanted to see the photos went.
The forum garnered thousands of views, before Reddit shut it down.
On Sunday, on the Pastebin.com site (a web application for sharing short texts), a group called The Flappening 2 appeared, in which they had a list of the leaks and made sure that more images would appear shortly.
What can you do to prevent the same thing from happening to you?
The most obvious thing to do is choose strong passwords (combining numbers, letters, uppercase, lowercase, and signs).
That’s the recommendation of Oliver Crofton, founder of Select Technology Concierge, a company that provides technology security services for the rich and famous.
Crofton told the BBC: «Based on experiences with previous incidents, this is typically a question of weak passwords.»