A-List Celebrities, Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak: Similar Kind Of Privacy Breach Led To Prosecution Of Another Hacker In 2011

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By Sonalee singh | September 2, 2014 9:32 PM EST

Jennifer Lawrence's nude photo leak has trigged a heated debate on the subject of privacy breach. It is being said that such invasion of privacy is no less than a crime and is an assault on womanhood. On Sunday, several intimate pictures of celebrities were were published on 4 Chan. The rep. of the Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has said that such act is a "violation of privacy." Though it is not sure how the pictures were hacked, but it is being reported that they were obtained from iCloud service, which allows integration of images from all apple products.

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" world movie premiere in New York May 10, 2014.

In the past, a hacker called Christopher Chaney had been prosecuted for a similar kind of crime. In 2011, the Florida based hacker had accessed accounts of Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera. He had reportedly guessed the password and usernames based on the information available about the celebs. He was privately viewing the mail accounts of Kunis, Johansson and Aguilera for a year, before he was caught and sentenced to 10-year jail term, according to News Week report. He was arrested by the authorities under the operation named "Operation Hackerazzi." He is still serving his jail sentence in the Los Angeles Federal Prison.

This is not the first time that concerns have been raised about the dangers of digital media. The issue has been highlighted in films and shows. Recently, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel starrer, "Sex Tape," film revolved around this issue. The characters of Diaz and Segel, who play a couple, upload their sex tape on iCloud that it gets shared on various devices by mistake.

The incidences of celebrity privacy breach are not limited to hacking, Recently, a health care service provider was allegedly accused of snooping, which amounts to breach of implied terms of privacy. In July, UCLA Health Services had to cough out $ $865,000 for allegedly snooping into the medical records of two celebrity patients, according to Propublica reports.

"Employees must clearly understand that casual review for personal interest of patients' protected health information is unacceptable and against the law," Georgina Verdugo, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights that time, said to the website at the time.

FBI is still investigating the case of nude photo leak of more than 100 celebrities and it is being speculated that the wrong-doer would be prosecuted just like it happened in the case of Chaney. Other celebs who have become victim of the leak are Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and more. Grande's rep has, however, denied the authenticity of the leaked pictures.

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" world movie premiere in New York May 10, 2014.
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