By now, most of you have heard about the hacking scandal which has resulted in the dissemination of the private photographs of numerous high-profile figures. This is a very problematic occurrence for the victims. This type of activity carries with it all the frustration and helplessness of identity theft coupled with the humiliation and shame of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, some fraction of our population revels in furthering these exploits.
Folks should take care to remember that such activity is, in fact, criminal. The criminal underpinnings of these types of scandals is often-times overshadowed by TMZ-like analysis; even the “more reputable” news outlets often focus on the sensational aspects of the crime, thereby potentially encouraging would-be hackers. However, the consequences for engaging in such theft can be devastating. For instance, Christopher Chaney, “who hacked into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead, among other celebs, to unearth scandalous photos,” was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is not the only hacker/photo-thief currently in prison. If you want you want to read more about these criminals and their respective punishments, or learn about the gentleman putting them away, check out this article. Otherwise, do not be surprised by the arrests and subsequent criminal prosecutions surely coming in the near future