After this story broke I spent some time immersed in the crazy,
obsessive subculture of celebrity nudes and revenge porn trying to
work out what they were doing, how they were doing it and what
could be learned from it.
What we see in the public with these hacking incidents seems to
only be scratching the surface. There are entire communities
and trading networks where the data that is stolen remains
private and is rarely shared with the public. The networks are
broken down horizontally with specific people carrying out
specific roles, loosely organized across a large number of
sites (both clearnet and darknet) with most organization and
communication taking place in private (email, IM).
The goal is to steal private media from a targets phone by
accessing cloud based backup services that are integrated into
iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices. To access the cloud
based backup requires the users ID, password or an
The deepest and most reasonable piece on the situation I’ve seen.