Could your naked photos be hacked?

Celebrities aren't the only ones who are susceptible to having their most private or embarrassing moments stolen and shared.

By Karen Datko Sep 16, 2011 2:06PM

Celebrity websites complied when Scarlett Johansson's lawyer asked them to remove nude photos she'd taken of herself. They're copyright-protected, lawyer Marty Singer maintained, and "highly personal" at that.


Plus they were stolen -- hacked from Johansson's computer or smartphone. One of the nude-photo posters who agreed to the attorney's request said he actually felt bad for Johansson, who was obviously a victim. "Scarlett doesn't need to leak photos; she's pretty established. So this wasn't a press play,"'s Nik Richie told E!


Johansson is just one of a number of recent celebrity victims of hackers who are prying into smartphones and email accounts. "We're told 50 celebs had compromising photos and videos stolen by one group, and one of the ringleaders has his fingerprints on every job," TMZ says. "Our sources say the hackers' primary motivation is the thrill and challenge of it all -- not the money."

Meanwhile, the FBI is looking into this. Post continues after video.

How can you keep this from happening to your own personal photos, nude or clothed? (You probably don't have the money to hire a lawyer. And even though some websites took the Johansson photos down, both pictures are still readily available online.)

  • Password-protect your phone (and your voice mail), and create a strong password, with lots of letters, numbers and symbols.
  • From PBS: "Be sure not to open any SMS messages coming in from unknown numbers, which . . . (might) contain content that, when opened, can install malware and spyware onto your cell." Those can give a hacker access to your phone's contents.
  • Likewise with emails and apps -- only access those from trusted sources.
  • Keep your operating systems and apps up-to-date.
  • Use a firewall and software that protects your mobile or computer from security threats.
  • Beware of public Wi-Fi, which often is not secure.

Still, it's a dicey business. Hackers always seem to stay one step ahead of the good guys.

The ultimate way of protecting yourself from the shame of having your self-posed photos or other embarrassing moments exposed?


"I hate to point out the obvious, but not taking nude photos on your phone is your first line of defense. Remember Polaroids?" Beth Jones, a researcher at Internet security company Sophos, told


Molly Eichel at opined:

We believe this is a total invasion of privacy, but the best way not to have naked pictures leaked for the millions of leering eyes on the Internet? Don't take them. And, frankly, if you must have nude photos, pay someone to adjust the lighting.

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Sep 16, 2011 4:10PM
If a hacker wants my nude pics , go for it! Be warned if you want to see every square inch of this glorious body.
Sep 16, 2011 5:47PM
I don't like looking at myself naked. I don't suppose anyone else would, either. Thus there are no naked photos of me to be hacked and shared online. Problem averted.
Sep 16, 2011 4:03PM
Shut up.  This is sound advice.  Also sound advice:  If you don't want a DUI, don't DRIVE to a bar.  Once something happens, the consequences are an unsurety.  THAT is an absolute, so the best way to prevent any possible outcome is to prevent the action that caused it.
Sep 16, 2011 4:07PM

Stupid is as stupid does....


If you take pictures like this or make a politically incorrect statement, sooner or later, it will make its way to the internet for everyone to see.

Sep 16, 2011 6:17PM


Don't put stuff on an internet enabled device that you don't want out on the internet. What the ffff is so hard to understand about that?
If it is around a so called friend could digitize and put on the internet...easy to do.
Sep 16, 2011 5:59PM
Don't put stuff on an internet enabled device that you don't want out on the internet. What the ffff is so hard to understand about that?
Sep 21, 2011 9:54AM
The only thing I have on my phone are pictures of my dog's anus....consider it a treat for anyone who steals photos off my smartphone.
Sep 16, 2011 6:19PM
@xcite - Who the hell leaves nudey pictures of themselves on the coffee table
Sep 21, 2011 10:43PM
If people don't want their pictures stolen over the internet, then just don't upload your pics. it's as simple as that. Don't cry when someone does get them. It's your own fault. Never do something if your going to be ashamed of it. 
Sep 21, 2011 9:33PM

Solution: don't take "naughty photos" in the first place.

Anything you put out there nowdays is fair game.

Sep 16, 2011 7:11PM
If you want nudy pictures of yourself go buy a polaroid. 
Sep 16, 2011 7:06PM
I'm over 60, weigh 230, 5'2" tall,  have wrinkles sagging all over me.  My nude photo is posted on a web site. If you're turned on by my photo I want to meet you. You are one strange person if you are turned on by my photo, so be forewarned, I will be armed.
Sep 16, 2011 4:01PM
Why would any one take naked pictures of them self on their phone
Sep 16, 2011 7:06PM



The point is that if a picture exist...the risk that it will show up is high. 

So, don't take the pictures..

Pretty Simple

Sep 16, 2011 7:27PM

@Ben Johnson


Polaroid won't work because have Ya ever heard of a scanner...if pictures are taken, they can end up on the internet.

The point is that if a picture exist...the risk that it will show up is high. 

So, don't take the pictures..

Pretty Simple

Sep 19, 2011 6:08PM
Smile Hi, a decent person would not have nude pictures!
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