For those of you who are unaware, iCloud is a platform that connects your information such as documents, apps, notes, and contacts and makes them simultaneously available across all of your Apple devices. iCloud’s cloud service is extremely popular for backing up photos. This popularity has caused hackers to target the service. A series of successful attempts to steal photos that have been uploaded to iCloud has caused some room for concern for Apple.
It would be unrealistic to believe that any tech company is uncompromisable. Though, occurrences like this should be kept to a minimum to be considered somewhat acceptable. While the general public has been poking fun at Apple, they haven’t placed much blame on Apple. The majority of the blame has been placed on the people who hacked the iCloud accounts of a large number of celebrities that lead to nudes being distributed throughout the internet. In some instances, the celebrities completely absolved Apple of blame and, instead, cast blame on the people sharing photos around the web.
The Internet now refers to the event surrounding the leaked celebrity nude photos as “The Fappening.” The Fappening first came to light late August into early September. Now, over a month later, some of the celebrities are seeking an official face to blame and despite the fact that Apple was warned about the iCloud vulnerability that lead to The Fappening months in advanced, the face to blame has become Google.
According to Business Insider:
Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer has written to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as chairman Eric Schmidt, threatening to sue them for $100 million if they don’t remove the naked photos of his clients that were posted online after the iCloud hack.
That’s the best plot twist ever.
The story goes on to describe how Singer is representing over a dozen celebrities who have fallen victim to The Fappening, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna, and Ariana Grande. The claim is that Google ignored the request to take down the photos because they were “making millions from the victimization of women” and engaging in “blatantly unethical behavior.”
Google responded to this claim with the following:
We’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures — within hours of the requests being made — and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.
If Google tried their best to have the photos removed from their servers, it’s understandable if they weren’t able to achieve one hundred percent effectiveness. If Google’s words hold true and they did remove tens of thousands of pictures, Google will be likely to prove this and a lawsuit will lose its footing before it can even grasp any ground.
To clarify, Google wont sued because their search engine leads to these websites. Instead, they would be sued because Google is hosting some of these websites on their servers. A lot of tech websites have that mixed up.
Even though this is quite an interesting angle of blame to take regarding the iCloud password hack, a lawsuit geared towards Apple may have more of a chance of effectiveness in court. Especially since reports indicate that Apple was aware of the vulnerability months before it happened.