Thursday, July 26, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen claims system hacked, nude images stolen

Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, 26, claims to be the victim of a hacker who broke into her computer and stole a number of nude photos of the Canadian recording artist.

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While the obvious questions - why Jepsen has nude photos of herself on her computer and who they were made for (we would guess she doesn't care to look at nude images of herself, but she could be excessively narcissistic) - remain unanswered, it appears this report is true. Jepsen's entourage received an anonymous tip about the theft of the images in March, and after it was reported to the authorities, it was confirmed that she had been hacked.

Now, it's hard to imagine someone doing this without being "allowed in" to the computer in some way (such as malware). The report doesn't get specific enough to indicate how the cyber-crime occurred.

To be clear, these are not the fake nude Carly Rae Jepsen pictures that have been floating across the Internet. These are, in fact, real images of Jepsen, and thus far they have not been leaked. Jepsen wants to keep it that way.

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All told, this is the third such incident involving Carly Rae Jepsen. On July 23, a report claimed there was a leaked sex tape including Jepsen, but the “Call Me Maybe” star shut that rumor down quickly. She Tweeted:

“Crazy morning. Discovered that someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me. Ridiculous. Obviously not me."

If there is any good news to be taken from this, it's that police apparently have a suspect in their sights. If there is bad news, it's that Jepsen, like many others, managed to get ensnared by some sort of cyber-criminal, and as is often the case, it's probably the result of falling for some phishing or social engineering scam.

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