Icloud Hack Celebrities: The 4chan image panel was printed on August 31, 2014, and was later distributed by other users on websites and social media networks, such as Imgur and Reddit, to almost 500 private photos by different celebrities, mainly women, and with many nudities.
Initially, the images were believed to have been obtained through a breach of Apple’s iCloud cloud services suite, or a security issue in the iCloud API that allowed them to make unlimited attempts to guess victims’ passwords.= In a press release, Apple claimed that access was obtained through spear-phishing attacks.
The event, which media outlets and internet users referred to under names such as “fappening” (portmanteau of “fap” the slang term for masturbation, and “happening”) and “Celebgate” met with a varied response from the media and other celebrities.
Critics considered that distribution of images to their subjects was a major infringement of privacy and the authenticity of some of the subjects allegedly depicted. The leak also raised concerns among analysts about the privacy and security of cloud computing services, such as iCloud, with particular emphasis on their use in the storage of sensitive, private information.