So by now everyone and their cousin has heard about it, which I think is part of the problem. So I lay blame, fault, and shame on a few people.
First- I place no blame on any of the people who had their PRIVATE pictures stolen. They took the pictures for their own personal purposes and stored them somewhere that they were told was a secure and confidential place.
So who to blame for this mess? I this order, biggest offenders first.
1) The asshats who stole and released the pictures. I think this one can go without explanation.
2) The media who has reported this in great detail. The actual event has no excuse to be reported as it has been. If there were reports for the matter of journalistic integrity and reporting (hahaha, widespread journalistic integrity) then the reports could have been left as reporting a large security breach with many people having personal information and data stolen until it was confirmed where and how it was stolen, then reporting that fact simply as iCould accounts were found to have a vunerability in the system that has been addressed, the story would have been covered completely, accurately, and not a speculative sensation.
I cannot imagine that there are not plenty of people who have downloaded/seen the pictures had the media not reported this as a story of “now is your chance to see Jennifer Lawrence breasts”. Would I absolutely enjoy seeing her nude? I don’t think there are many who wouldn’t at least appreciate it, as long as it was on her terms. Those who were going to know about and seek out the nudes would have been a much smaller number without the help of the media.
3) Assuming they were stolen from iCloud accounts as everything is being reported, Apple deserves to have at least some degree of accountability. Apple is the second most valuable company in the world. Their brand value for this year fell 20% to “only” $148 billion, roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Venezuela and only slightly less than that of Hong Kong. I find it hard to believe that with all of the resources that are available, not to mention they WROTE THE FREAKING PROGRAMS that couldn’t find a vunerabilty that a group of outside deviants did. And then to not take responsibility or even say that the reports are under investigation is deplorable.
Well, rant over I guess. I just had to get that off my chest.