I waited for a while to say anything about The Fappening because it is pretty complicated.  Not that theft is complicated.  It isn’t.  And this is purely a case of theft.  What is complicated is the back and forth I have seen because I can see elements of sense in a lot of the different arguments.  I have been all swirly about it so I am going to just write down my thoughts and see what happens by the end of it.

  1. To all the people who say “you shouldn’t have put pictures on the Internet blah blah blah” – STFU.  This is pointless and ridiculous.  The people whose pics were stolen had an expectation of privacy, just like you do when you email someone, or any of the other weird crap you do.  So stop posting pics of Emma Watson and talking about how smart and classy she is.  Well, she does seem smart and classy, but that doesn’t mean that the women whose pics were leaked are dumb and slutty.  Jackasses.
  2. Do you know who Justin Verlander is?  He’s the Detroit Tigers pitcher who is naked in some of the Kate Upton pics.  Never heard of him?  Didn’t notice?  No? I didn’t see anyone else saying anything about him either.  I am not sure if that’s because it doesn’t fit the narrative or what.  I just found it weird that it was never mentioned in any of the places I read (ugh even 4chan).
  3. There is more to this than people think.  I read one thing that made a lot of sense to me.  I think it was actually on 4Chan (note, I hate and am terrified of certain things so me going to 4Chan is always a dangerous trip!) and the gist of it was this:  There is/was a network of people who go out of their way to find nudes of celebs.  They are currency.  And the way you get “in” to the club is by coming up with a new pic that they don’t have.  I guess it is like Magic: The Gathering for perverts.  Supposedly the guy who dumped the batch went rogue and published everyone’s.  That would explain why he had the ones that the woman had deleted as how he had so many.  Something to think about.
  4. This ridiculous site ( has brute force protection.   WTF, Apple?  Nothing?  Not even a lockout?  Pathetic.  You should have to pay everyone who was hacked a sum of money per day until you prove the stolen pics are gone from the Internet.
  5. ALL the pics.  Not just the celebs.  I am sure Jennifer Lawrence is legit horrified that those pics got out.  All of the people are.  They were meant to be private.  But from what I read, JLaw is going to go after anyplace that publishes the pics ever again.  Waste of time and an example of privilege run amok.  You think you are going to be able to sue some server in China or Ghana or something?  Your pics are out.  They will never come back.  Use your clout and your celebrity to get things changed for you AND THE THOUSANDS OF NOBODIES WHOSE LIVES WERE RUINED BY THE SAME THING.  Make the companies up the security and look seriously at all your cloud based services.  Do they have something like this in their terms and conditions?  If they do maybe you should not use them.


  6. Maybe it’s time for there to be some sort of lawsuit against the whole concept of Terms and Conditions.  What if when you sign up for Google you are agreeing to let them come to your house and give you a colonoscopy?  Maybe you already did.  Where would you even go to look?  I mean, I always wonder if it is legally binding if when bowling alleys or roller rinks or any place that has lockers with no locks have a sign that says MANAGEMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS!  Can that be legal?  Could they put up a sign that says they aren’t responsible if one of their employees murders you?  How much power does a sign have?  Couldn’t we have a law that says the service provider has to tell you what they are going to give you if your stuff gets hacked.  In dollars.  A lot of dollars.  There is precedent for this.
  7. Why don’t you have to have two passwords to get into a site?  Like, so you put in your username and your first password  then you go to another page with a second password.  Maybe put a captcha page in between.  That would be safe as crap because if you got anything wrong you would have to go back to the beginning.  Heh.  Now that I think about it, maybe I will make it so you have to do that in order to comment on the site.  Then at least I would have an excuse for nobody commenting.
  8. Finally, to the old crappers who “don’t understand” why someone take naked pictures of themselves – you stfu, too – Because if you are saying that, you are probably right around 40.  And there weren’t any digital cameras when you looked really good.  When you looked the best you were ever gonna get, you either had to take a Polaroid (which always seem scummy no matter what) or hope the guy at the drugstore wouldn’t look at them when they put them in the envelope.  Seriously, unless you were banging one of those guys or girls who draws the pictures of people in court, you were NOT going to get a good pic of yourself back then.  And selfies didn’t exist because if you took one you had to wait two weeks to get them back AND it cost money AND you always got doubles for some reason AND why would you take a picture of yourself when there was so much investment tied up in it.  Face it, if you looked like Jennifer Lawrence or the Wolverine guy or Brad Pitt or whoever you would want a record of it.

OK, so what have we learned?  Well, based on what I know about ACTUAL security (I work in a field that has to deal with HIPAA) I think we should impose security thresholds for people who hold onto Personal Information (formerly known as PI which used to be something you HID from the Internet) that are the same as we do for medical records.  And if you are holding on to people’s medical info and you get hacked, YOU pay the fine.  What kind of fines?  Let’s peek!

  • $800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records Dumping Case – June 23, 2014
  • Data Breach Results in $4.8 Million HIPAA Settlements – May 7, 2014
  • Concentra Settles HIPAA Case for $1,725,220 – April 22, 2014
  • QCA Settles HIPAA Case for $250,000 – April 22, 2014
  • WellPoint Settles HIPAA Security Case for $1,700,000 – July 11, 2013
  • Shasta Regional Medical Center Settles HIPAA Privacy Case for $275,000 – June 13, 2013
  • Idaho State University Settles HIPAA Security Case for $400,000 – May 21, 2013
  • Massachusetts Provider Settles HIPAA Case for $1.5 Million – September 17, 2012
  • Alaska DHSS Settles HIPAA Security Case for $1,700,000 – June 26, 2012
  • HHS settles HIPAA case with BCBST for $1.5 million – March 13, 2012

Apple makes a lot of money off of people.  They provide services in order to sell hardware.  So as long as you have all their gadgets you get all this other stuff.  And they didn’t bother to drop a lockout function onto their iCloud login page?  Well what if they could get fined PER IMAGE that they lost and then be liable for civil suits and damages?  You think they would have made things a little more secure?

I do.