Female Celebrities Hacked; Some Had Nude Photos..!!

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(WASHINGTON) -- FBI agents are reportedly closing in on a ring of
hackers thought to be responsible for stealing nude photos and videos
from at least 50 female celebrities.

According to TMZ.com, the
ring broke into the accounts of stars' cell phones and other
computerized devices to obtain the compromising photos and videos. Among
the celebrities reportedly hacked: Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Demi
Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, Ali
Larter, and Miley Cyrus.

TMZ reported that Hudgens met with FBI
agents on Thursday to discuss the hacking of her Gmail account. The FBI
declined ABC News’ requests for comment; representatives for Hudgens did
not immediately respond.

Some blogs have connected the purported
hacking ring to Josh Holly, whose Tennessee home was raided by the FBI
in 2008 after they connected the then-19-year-old hacker to provocative
photos of Cyrus. Before his personal computer was seized, Holly bragged
about his celebrity hacking skills in online forums and on blogs. Holly
was not charged in connection with the 2008 incident, but was arrested
in January on unrelated charges involving hacked credit card numbers.

lot of the necessary information is not very difficult to obtain," said
Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher at the Internet security company
Sophos. "With Twitter or with celebrities' personal websites, you can
figure out what their e-mail accounts are, especially Web-based e-mail

When it comes to phones, hackers don't need the device itself to break into its information bank.

lot of times, people don't change the PIN [personal identification
number] on their phone, it's the default," Jones said. "It's the way of
locking your phone down so no one can access it. But if the hacker has
your cell phone number, they can go to the 'my account' function on your
phone's website and try accessing your texts and information by putting
in the default PIN."

Often, the star in question won't know
their phone or email has been hacked until the formerly-private photos
end up spread all over the Internet.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


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