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Apple, FBI investigating massive celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

Hack attack

As you may of heard, a massive hacking attack was carried out over the weekend, targeting more than two dozen celebrities’ personal cloud storage accounts.

The attack apparently leaked hundreds of intimate, graphic photos of A-list celebrities, which has left them with egg on their face and has raised big concerns about the privacy and security of cloud storage.

The private images of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, were posted to online public messaging boards 4chan and Reddit. The alleged attacker claimed that he or she has more photos and was asking for donations in either real money or Bitcoin to release more images.

It is believed that most of the images were hacked from the celebrities’ iCloud accounts, which, of course does not look good for Apple.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said in a statement that Apple is ‘actively investigating’ the report and that they take user privacy ‘very seriously’. However, Apple is not the only party getting involved in the investigation.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Lawrence – who seems to be the most affected by the hack – requested an investigation into the matter and now the FBI is getting involved.  (more…)

Is Cross Border data transfer prohibited in terms of POPI?

Published by on Jan 22nd, 2013, No Comments

POPI (the Protection of Personal Information Bill) has been a difficult subject for most corporates living in the age of cloud computing. Corporates using offshore data centres to store customer or employee-related personal information need not fear that this will be totally prohibited once the POPI becomes law. Although POPI prohibits the offshore transfer of personal data, POPI will provide for a number of exemptions to this prohibition.

POPI has been in the making for eight years and will hopefully be passed into law this year. Companies will then have a one-year transition period to get their houses in order to ensure they comply with POPI” says Tammy Bortz, director and IT law specialist at Werksmans Attorneys. “One of the benefits of POPI is that it sets out the requirements to enable the transfer of personal data offshore which will in turn enable South African companies to do business internationally,” says Bortz. (more…)

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