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The FBI is probing hack attacks on celebs after nude photos of Scarlett Johansson were leaked onto the web last night. "The FBI is investigating the person or groups responsible for a series of computer intrusions involving high-profile figures," Laura Eimiller at the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Los Angeles told …


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  1. Thomas 4

    So just to clarify

    Did they probe Scartlett Johansson as well?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      "Did they probe Scartlett Johansson as well?"

      Well if they didn't...I'm available for the task.

      1. bobbles31

        But I don't want to probe you!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So where's the link to see ?

    As the title says.

  3. NoneSuch Silver badge

    People always forget to look in their sent items. They delete embarrassing mail in the inbox, but it never occurs to them to check the other folders.

    1. Tom 13

      Perhaps the best answer is

      to not have embarrassing stuff on your phone or in your email in the first place. Rummy's Rules and all that.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Where's the link?

    Without the URL we can't be sure they really were leaked on-line.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      1. Steve Renouf

        My word, don't they have a lot of trackers on there!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Look at

        pic 3/4 meta data


  5. Lamont Cranston

    My phone appears to be of no interest to hackers, tabloid or otherwise,

    so, if Ms. Johansson would like to store her nudie pics on there, I'd be more than willing to provide such a service.

  6. bharq

    smart guy!

    you can see why this man is called Cluley and not Clueless...

    1. AJ MacLeod

      The first time I saw his name mentioned as a security consultant a few years ago it instantly brought me back to this -- -- and this --

      Well worth playing, even after all these years...

  7. ian 22

    Outrageous? I'll be the judge of that.

    1. ian 22


      Sorry lads....

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yes you have a right to privacy but others would seek to abuse that privilege. You don't want it found? Don't send it via public channels!

    Long for the days of the dirty polaroid you gave to your loved one in person!

  9. Nextweek

    Movie coming out soon?


    Is it part of their contracts with the movie studios to have nude pictures of themselves in their email accounts?

    My other half won't let me take nude pictures of her, why are all these celebs different?

    1. Pete 2 Silver badge

      why are all these celebs different?

      Because when you (and yuor OH) were in the queue for a standard issue of common sense, they had gone back for an extra helping of narcissism.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Call Me A Cynic

      But doesn't she have a new movie coming out ?

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    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge


      Our net admins have told me the above link is top hit of the day! The Register Effect (and testosterone) in action!

  11. Richard 116

    "If you must take nude photos of yourself..."


  12. Shane8
    Thumb Up


    screenshot or no proof imo.

  13. Pete 2 Silver badge

    People who live in the "glass houses" of celebrity

    shouldn't do yoga in the nude.

    Don't want photos of yourself plastered all over the place? Simple: don't take them in the first place. Why is that so difficult to understand?

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: People who live in the "glass houses" of celebrity

      Whilst not as blatent as Kim Kardashian's awful sex tape, a cynic might suggest Ms Johansson won't be too upset at the publicity seeing as she seems to be struggling to make the Hollywoood A-list. Her recent movie roles haven't exactly been top-line, she even only landed the Black Widow role in Iron Man2 as second choice to Emily Blunt, and her more "serious" roles have been over-shadowed by more accomplished actresses like Natalie Portman and Jennifer Connelly. I can't understand why she gets such high scores in the annual "sexiest actress" polls, but maybe Scarlett has decided to sell herself on the assets that seem to have got her into the business in the first place.

  14. fLaMePrOoF

    Was the last word 'Outrage' in the title an afterthought?

  15. Matt Bryant Silver badge


    Whilst all very nice, the more interesting info would be who the pics were emailed to, especially if they post-date her seperation from Ryan Reynolds.....

    /Daily Mail mode off.

    Personally, I think it's all a conspiracy by those nasty capitalists Kimberly-Clark, to drive up sales off Kleenex tissues, all in league with the bankers that wrecked the economy!

    /loser rant mode off.

    Oi-yoyyoy, this is what happens when nice Jewish grils date Canadians!

    /Joan Rivers mode off.

    This just goes to show that iPhones are serially insecure, and that what we really need is government intervention to set real security rules for people like Jobs and Balmer and those FOSS commies to stick to, 'cos I don't want my pics ending up on the Interweb!

    /non-techie mode off.

    Phew! Think I'll take a break and go look for some real news on the 'Net.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just for the sake of veracity

    I've checked out the pictures and I can confirm they exist.

    I'll be back in five minutes.

    1. I'm Brian and so's my wife

      As long as that?

      1. Richard 81

        Some people like to cuddle afterwards.

  17. Ian Ferguson

    The scrabbling noise you can hear is the sound of network administrators across the country rushing to turn off the content filter.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Real network admins...

      ...have virtual machines in the DMZ (or on a neighbours wireless connection) just for that.

      Although, overall, I concur.

      Anon, for obvious reasons.

      1. Trevor 3
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        I thought real network admins had SSH tunnels to their home proxy server?

        1. Danny 14
          Thumb Up


          indeed, setting up your own proxy internally or a different acl in squid leaves a trail, proxy to home is better (apart from the shitty upload)

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Or pcAnywhere...

 least. ;-)

          1. Trevor 3

            If you trust a 3rd party with remote access to your home network, then yeah ;-)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      that's what you think.

      Real network administrators have a personal any-any firewall rule for themselves. Or, if that's too obvious, its the 2nd network port in their office that gives them a connection on the outside of the firewall/filter.

      Or the window office and the 15dB wifi antenna pointed at the building down the street...

      1. Trevor 3

        Real Network admins...

        ...have a cat6 socket embedded in their forearm, and an ip packet -> brainwave convertor in a small microchip connected to their modula oblongata

  18. Alan Ferris

    Sorry, I can't resist....

    Playmobil, or it didn't happen

  19. Havin_it


    If the pics were stored in her email, presumably they'd been *sent* by email, which fact pretty much negates any expectation of privacy. Surely it's far more likely they were intercepted on the wire, rather than directly from her computer or mail server.

    1. teebie

      Most non-techies don't how intereceptable email is

      Which is weird, because they are familiar with email in general, and the "it's like a postcard" analogy is such an easy explanation.

      Have techies been not warning non-techies? Has this omission been made in order to get more acquaintanceporn?

      1. Jean-Luc
        Black Helicopters

        @Most non-techies don't how intereceptable email is

        Weakest link is not interception.

        What's much more likely is that someone you send potentially embarrassing contents to will turn around and "share" it with her/his pals.

        1. BristolBachelor Gold badge


          That reminds me; I haven't seen Claire Swires around here recently. Where did she go? She's probably more celebrity than morst that go onto big brother...

      2. sisk

        Would you REALLY want to start that conversation with someone whose knowledge of security is limited to 'My computer came with Norton'? Because I've got to say that I'd rather be strapped down and forced to watch Ed Wood films all day than start that conversation.

  20. Tim Brown 1

    Can I just say...

    ... that I think Scarlett could do with upgrading her phone. The quality of those pictures is awful!

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      "I think Scarlett could do with upgrading her phone"

      Makes you wonder why she used a crappy phone camera when so many of us with serious DSLRs would have volunteered to take the shots for her.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        The camera isn't the issue, you'll need to bring a tripod. Hand shake and all that...

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Weird or weird?

    Just goes to show that most of these Hollywood "celebrities" or "stars" are d-list egomaniac dumbnuts. Take pictures of yourself nude, then leave them in your email folders - WTF.

  22. Scott 62

    um....shouldn't the FBI be out waterboarding terrorists or something like that?

    if some ordinary schlub had some naughty pictures stolen would the FBI get involved?

    Presumably they will be looking into half of the content on Spankwire too...

    1. Tom 13

      No, the FBI waterboards turncoats.

      The CIA waterboards terrorists.

      Keep it straight.

      1. sam bo

        The CIA waterboards terrorists.

        Keep it straight.

        The CIA waterboards anyone they can get their hands on - being a terrorist is incidental.

        keep it straight.

        1. jonathan 11


          The Air Force waterboards every pilot as a part of SERE training. Not comfortable but it's a lot less damaging than rubber hoses and bamboo shoots.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can I just say...

    ...that on my personal stunning-burd-o-meter, SJ only rates a "meh". ie one point behind that clothes hanger Kiera Knightley, by virtue that KK does at least have less "bad lighting" moments.

    Then again, naked pics may improve that rating a little...

  24. thejackle
    Paris Hilton

    Look up, Look down

    Pictures look fake to me. In the second pictures (ass shot) she is looking down in the foreground but the position of her phone in the background reflection suggests she should be looking up.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      The wallpaper in the background is exactly the same as that in the bedroom shown in a real estate listing for her house.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Now right there

        we have the obsessed stalker.

        1. 404

          They had pics from a realtor agency of the bedroom in the same article - furniture rearranged but same place as SJ took her pics in.

  25. Will's

    Had a look at both pictures.

    Seems that SJ made a right tit, and a complete arse of herself

  26. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    I'm not worried

    Back when naked pictures of me were of any interest to anyone, they were still using the daguerreotype process.

    1. Darryl

      Me neither

      ...although I found out that it's really hard to scrape that damn charcoal off the cave walls

  27. Dazed and Confused

    Cleaning up after yourself, or not

    I remember a story a couple of years ago of a well known TV celeb who sold her old laptop on eBay. The person who bought it discover the waste basket was full of videos of her enjoying herself and the company of some well know men (note the use the plural).

    Most people have no clue about how any of this stuff works. Where files and data might be, how to delete any of it or any idea that once these things are taken (seemed like a good idea at the time) just how difficult it is to make them go away.

    1. Tom 13

      True, but a friend's mother at least had enough clue

      to ask someone who does, how to go about before handing off her laptop. So it's not just the 'no clue about how this stuff works's that is the problem. It's the 'I have something I ought to protect' issue that is a problem.

      1. Mark 65

        So, what did the friend's mother have on their then?

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "celebrities deserved privacy on their personal phones and emails as much as anyone else"

    but they don't deserve more and they don't deserve special treatment

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You managed a totally content-free post. Well done.

  29. mrlovah
    Paris Hilton

    /at work right now connected to home proxy

    /winsshd and tunnelier made it extremely easy to setup encrypted secure proxy

    Already saw pictures last night.. oh yeah they are real. ahem.

    I'm not stupid. Not going to check out nsfw sites at work even on a proxy.

  30. Clare (web specialist)
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    Don't any of the commentators here feel in the slightest bit sorry for this woman, rather than disgusting pursuit of personal gratification.

    1. Ian Ferguson

      Well... yes... a bit. But I still looked up the images on my mobile. *mildly ashamed*

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Not really, sorry.

      IIRC she has done nude posing previously (there is a tasteful one of her and Keira Knightly which shows as much or more than the leaked arse one and there are barely covered topless ones that are actually far sexier than the leaked booby-shot) so I see no real problem with the fact that we now get to see naked pictures of a celebrity who has already published naked pictures available.

      That and the fact that these pictures are particularly tame indicates this is more likely publicity stunt than cyber crime, and surely we have seen no more of the highly pretty but less than averagely talented actress Scarlett Johannson than was already available.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Dreadful

      No, whilst the sexist angle is getting a bit boring, it does at least give an IT angle - and of course for every described network loophole being penetrated there's another admin busy blocking it.

      I think the majority view here is that it will be career-enhancing for her, so not really appropriate to feel sorry for her.

      The more cynical here will be wondering whether she had a hand in their release.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Dreadful

        Best of luck blocking the peeps running sshd on port 80 of their home machine. <whistles tunelessly whilst examining ceiling>

    4. sisk

      Not really

      I'm not out for the 'disgusting pursuit of personal gratification' as you put it (or as I'd put it, I'm not going looking for the pics), but I don't feel the least bit sorry for her. If you're famous and even moderately attractive and you're foolish enough to allow nude photos of yourself to exist then you really shouldn't be suprised when they eventually find thier way onto the net. If it hadn't been a hacker it would have been a disgruntled ex.

    5. Tom 13
    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Not really dreadful

      Being somewhat a fan of old movies, I've found it interesting to look up the bios of the actors. Noted that an older actress in a minor Mercahnt-Ivory flick had to rush from her job at a lost and found in NY for a role. The point being that only a very few actors, even of those that make films, make a fortune at this. Those that do, do so because of celebrity. Live by the sword.....................

    7. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No, but what I do find funny is that in the last 2 pages we have had:

      Tips for avoiding work firewalls

      We know she hasn't changed her wallpaper since an old real estate ad was posted

      We know she hasn't got a half decent phone

      We know she did pics with Keira Knightly

      We know she has also posed in other mags either topless or near as damn it.

      And we have had several links to the pics offered.

      I haven't even started looking myself yet.

      God forbid if a non-techy came here and found out that between us we have the knowledge to get all this info without leaving the work pc and leave very little trace in the process.

      More beer!!

      1. Clare (web specialist)



        The fact that Scarlett Johannson has previously released pictures isn’t relevant. The fact that somebody has released these pictures on her behalf is a disgusting violation of her rights. It is the same argument that because a woman walks about in a short skirt ………

        @AC 15th September 2011 22:26

        I will be reviewing the position within my team with regard to these points. Hopefully we will be able to at least close these down.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @Clare, RE: same as short skirt argument

          For fuck's sake get some perspective.

          Even if these pictures were in some way more personal than what was already in the public domain (put there by the lady herself for financial / publicity reasons) equating posting naked pictures of someone is hardly in the same class as rape.

          But, to address the "violation" part, get with the facts:

          Stolen material leaked: Boobage, booty, contents of bedroom

          Material freely given: Boobage, booty, contents of bedroom

          But again, you really need to chill out and get some perspective, equating the posting of semi-nude pictures of a celebrity with condoning rape is deeply wrong on so many levels.

    8. JohnG Silver badge

      Re: Dreadful

      "...the slightest bit sorry for this woman"

      Ms Johansson is a professional actress near the peak of her profession, enjoying the fame and fortune that accompany her success. As such, she is likely to have number of people employed to help her maintain her fitness, appearance and public image - their advice and her own experience should tell her:

      a) not to have any nude photographs of herself anywhere;

      b) if she must have nude photographs of herself, keep them somewhere very safe.

      No doubt there are many other attractive and talented young actresses who would like to have some of the opportunities enjoyed by Ms. Johansson and who would be prepared to take more care of their public image.

  31. Mike Richards Silver badge

    The police manual says

    They're going to take a VERY long time reviewing any images and will probably need the lovely Ms Johansson to disrobe just to ensure they're genuine and not a crude Photoshop job.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't record ANYTHING....

    First rule: Don't record ANYTHING you don't want on the 6 o'clock news. Not on your phone. Not on video. Not on film. Not on audio tape. Not in your handwritten journal you hide in a ziplock bag in the toilet tank. No-where.

    Because no matter what, as soon as that information leaves your brain, it CAN be accessed by others. Maybe not easily, maybe it's unlikely, but it is NOT impossible.

    So you have to decide what you wouldn't object to being on the 6 o'clock news - maybe you don't care if they see you eating cake, but not your beergut hanging over your speedos. Or maybe you are find with the beergut (please! think of the REST of us!) but you have a problem with the world seeing that "things don't grow in the shade" IYKWIM. But whatever your personal boundaries are, you should give them thought before you hit record.

    1. Marketing Hack Silver badge

      @ David D. Hagood

      "Because no matter what, as soon as that information leaves your brain, it CAN be accessed by others"

      So, if its ok to fantasize about ScarJo, as long as I don't commit anything to media?

      OK!! I'm on it!!!

  33. FreeTard

    She has two...

    ..spots on her forehead. Tut tut. I expect my celebs to be flawless always..

    1. Chimpofdoom!


      I noticed that myself.. but would I.. yes!

  34. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Socially awkward penguin situation

    - Click on Scarlett Johannson nude pix newsflash to be first in comment section.

    - Two pages of comments!

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    That is all.

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ... there's a public interest defence.

    1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

      Shirley ...

      ... a pubic interest defence?

      Okay, it on the peg by the door ...

  37. Magnus_Pym

    Does my arse look big in this?

    Maybe she has been offered nude work a film or a nude photo shoot in some magazine or other and wanted to know if she looked good enough to do it. Maybe they are just self pics and she didn't send them to anyone.

  38. Paul Tribe

    Who's Scarlett Johansson?

  39. CASIOMS-8V

    She can use my phone

    It's far less likely to be hacked. I wouldn't mind.

  40. James Pickett


    it's 'medulla oblongata', I'm afraid. You were doing well up to that point...

  41. Steve Graham

    The Cloud

    Of course, one of the advantages of "The Cloud" is that everything you store will be completely private. Oh, wait...

  42. Jo 5
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    Honestly I dont see what all the fuss is about. I've seen the pics online, shes a nice girl, shes got a lovely bum and great boobs. She should be proud that so many men and women want to ogle her. I cant write here what i woudl do with her assets but they would be done with the utmost respect.

    End of...

  43. 404


    Don't see what the fuss is about - nice ass but there are much better packages on Page 3 - Keeley for one...


  44. James Woods

    This is all PR. With the way the internet is anyone would know once these pictures are out they are out.

    Sites like took the pictures down as part of a calculated measure to make the pictures even more in demand.

    You cannot "steal" someones nude pictures and claim they were copywritten.

    Everything you do in the united states is not copywritten. You have to pay for copyright protection and I doubt Scarjo was buying copyrights for her naked pictures that im sure she took herself.

    She looks like hell naked, nobody wants to see that.

    I have the pictures, if I had the lawyers i'd post em and ask them to show me the copyrights on them.

    Glad to see the FBI is hard at work. Maybe ICE can get involved as well.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      @James Woods: "Everything you do in the united states is not copywritten. You have to pay for copyright protection..."

      Wrong. The very act of creating a creative work grants copyright protection in the US - no filing needed. It did not USED to be this way, but the law was changed.

      Now, IF you don't correctly mark your new work (e.g. "This post copyright © 2011 David Hagood, all rights reserved") you will have problems with enforcing that copyright. Moreover, if you DO NOT register your copyright, you will limited in what damages you can collect vs. a registered item.

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