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Man Arrested For Hacking 130 Celebrities (softpedia.com) 82

An anonymous reader writes: A man was arrested after trying to sell Hollywood movie scripts and social security numbers to an undercover DHS agent. The hacker known online as Jeff Moxey managed to hack the computers of 130 celebrities, from where he stole, besides scripts, nude pics and sexually-explicit videos. "The scope of the crime here is potentially quite large," Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Greenberg said, adding that the investigation began a few weeks ago.
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Man Arrested For Hacking 130 Celebrities

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just ignore those two million target customers, the plethora of IRS defrauds, virtually every medical coverage provider and well literally five thousand more important and larger breaches.

    At least they have less time to spy on the public if they have to track down everyone who creeps on j lo.

    • by raymorris ( 2726007 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2015 @07:36PM (#51175701) Journal

      > Just ignore those two million target customers

      Ignore it, rather than thoroughly investigating and catching the perpetrators like they did? I don't know about the outcome in every single case, but I have researched and written about Target and TJ Maxx. Those feds did their job. Several federal agencies and some state are very active in investigating the types of cases you mentioned. Also, I've spoken to the FBI team primarily interested in what seem to be small-time attacks, who track patterns of malware on consumer desktops etc. If you let them know about attacks you have experienced you may not personally hear back a out the prosecution, but they do include your report in their investigation of trends.

  • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2015 @06:54PM (#51175473)
    Why do celebrities, who literally have a portion of their trade tied-up in appearance and being desired, record sexual materials to devices that they don't fully understand the workings of? While it's not right for individuals to breach their accounts to copy their pictures, it is a known behavior that some people will do, and as it's a known danger it's the individual's responsibility to take steps to prevent this. If the technology of using Internet-connected devices and Internet services isn't understood, then the only solution is to avoid using Internet-connected devices. Use friggin' offline digital cameras if you want your naughty pictures, or go even more old-school and use an instant film camera.

    There have been examples when "share my day" services for social media sites have shared naked pictures, publicly, automatically, as a matter of course. The settings of the phone's application were to share a sample of pictures automatically. That's STUPID.
    • There is no such thing as bad publicity?

    • by siphonophore ( 158996 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2015 @07:08PM (#51175565)

      This is a failure of industry, not a failure of individuals. Do we require drivers to be mechanics? Fliers to be aeronautical engineers?

      Starting from zero, it is astoundingly complicated to maintain personal information security--we don't see it like fish don't see water. Industry's response can't be to limit the market for connected devices to themselves.

      • They're specifically not talking about who is at fault - they're talking about protecting your assets (in the case of celebs their public image) from known risks.

      • No, but we require drivers to know how to operate their vehicle safely so they are no threat to themselves or others.

        Since you can't kill someone with a computer by being a complete idiot, any moron is allowed to use one and hook it to the internet.

        If you want to find a analogy, try one where someone using the item in question doesn't require to be LICENSED to use it.

        • These celebs are fine at operating their tech, as evidenced by their growing collection of self-nudes.

          Try to imagine a licensing course of study that will protect against this kind of attack. How quickly does it turn into an 2-year IT security certificate? That's way way way too much to ask of your market.

          A different analogy that might be more relevant for you is card-skimmers. What do you really need to reliably ID a good card skimmer? An engineering degree and about 5 years of experience with electromecha

          • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

            These pseudo celebrities are nothing but fabrications of PR=B$ studios, with a manage public personality used to sell products that in reality has very little to do with their true narcissistic self serving nature. Which when exposed, disrupts their ability to believably lie about the products they are meant to sell and thus ending their career of self serving deceit, so says family man comedian Bill Cosby, hey, hey, hey, want some candy :|. So exposing pseudo celebrity lies is a crime because it impacts a

          • by TWX ( 665546 )

            A different analogy that might be more relevant for you is card-skimmers. What do you really need to reliably ID a good card skimmer? An engineering degree and about 5 years of experience with electromechanical product design. Is it reasonable for the bank to require us to ID them?

            Actually I identify card skimmers based on first knowing what my bank's ATMs look like, and secondly being willing to pick-at anything on the face of the ATM that doesn't look right. To protect myself from card skimmers at other places I obscure the keypad when I enter my PIN to make it harder for even a skimmed card to be used, and I still inspect the machine for the antitampering stickers, the condition of the locks, and any bits that are not firmly affixed and might have been added by someone.

            It's no

            • Your approach requires dedication and a good memory, for everyone. Good for you, but the burden should be on the banks and providers of payment terminals.

              Most ATMs here in the Netherlands show a picture on the screen of what the card slot (and anti-tamper protrusions) should look like. That's a cheap and effective solution. A bigger problem used to be the payment terminals in stores and train stations, of which there are too many models to remember what they should look like. But with the transition to chip

          • To stay in the analogy, they know how to hit the accelerator and how to point the steering wheel. More or less. They may know how to operate the brakes. Do they know how to parallel park? Or do they just drop the car wherever they are and then complain that it ain't there anymore because they not only left it in the middle of the road but with the key in the ignition and the gear in Drive?

            There is still a bit of a difference between knowing some operations of a machine and how to operate it responsibly and

      • by houghi ( 78078 )

        Well, in some countries drivers at least have to have some knowledge of their car and need a license. Some countries ask fliers to be skilled to use the flying apparatus.

        So even though they do not need tie be mechanics or engineers, they need to have basic to advanced knowledge of the things they operate.

        So I do not think that if you want to protect your brand and image, having some knowledge is too far fetched. Especially when this is not the first time something like this happened. They ARE aware that thi

      • No, it isn't. Don't take nude pictures/video of yourself. Problem solved.
    • Most likely because their spouse/boy/girlfriend harasses them until they do. That seems to be the normal reason.
    • No celebrities have ever done anything but benefit from leaked sex videos and naked pictures.

    • Crack, Hookers and Alcohol.
      Three major reasons for recording explicit scenes on their devices.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      A lot of powerful propaganda and marketing goes into every generation of US product to ensure the world knows the service is "secure".
      Political leaders bemoan the lack of US police access. City, state and federal police agencies get a lot of press coverage about how their top experts can get into domestic consumer networks.
      News stories mostly cover how a warrant was used just to get an ip from social media.
      To the wider public that is a sign of good networking products.
      The vast amounts of paralle
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Because despite appearances celebrities are human beings as well. They probably crave real relationships and intimacy more than most, in fact.

      And to be fair, when the last big leak happened, it wasn't their fault. They took the proper security measures. Apple screwed up by not rate limiting guesses for account recovery questions and not enabling two factor authentication for icloud.

      Apple said it was secure. It wasn't.

    • because rubbing your clit in front of a mirror lands you a role in De Niro movie.

    • In this day and age of a culture that has flatlined completely, I don't know whay they're complaining. Aren't sex-tapes a career-booster? smh
  • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2015 @06:55PM (#51175477) Journal

    Right outta Hitchcock

  • by coolmoe2 ( 3414211 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2015 @07:00PM (#51175521)
    Will be on indefinite hold while the owner starts a kickstart campaign for upstart cash and bail.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Where he went wrong was he got greedy.

    If he had just dumped them online, instead of trying to make a profit, then he likely wouldn't have been caught.

    Now he's in jail, and the data is gone. Thanks a lot, asshole.

  • DHS? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Why the hell would DHS being involved? This seems more like an FBI thing. I don't exactly understand how this is a homeland security issue.

    • Why the hell would DHS being involved? This seems more like an FBI thing. I don't exactly understand how this is a homeland security issue.

      Good thing the perp wasn't Muslim. DHS allowed the San Bernadino attack to happen, yet they're all over this. Listen to the interview of Philip Haney (near the bottom of the page in two parts).

      http://www.breitbart.com/big-g... [breitbart.com]

      Very telling as to where US government priorities are.

      Strat

  • $20 says he gets double the sentence he would have if he had broken into a house, cracked a safe and stolen said goods.

    • $50 says he gets at least twice the sentence he had gotten for hacking into medical data of a million people.

  • "The hacker known online as Jeff Moxey managed to hack the computers of 130 celebrities

    By any chance would these 'computers' be running on Microsoft Windowsâ.
  • Man Arrested For Hacking 130 Celebrities

    What with, an axe?

    I hope Katie Hopkins was on the list...

  • Execute the bastard. Or simply toss him into prison for 10 yeras per hack, so 1300 years. With no parole. In Solitary

  • And why is the Department of Homeland Security involved in this particular crime? Will the unauthorized release of a movie script endanger the general public?

    Pfaw!

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