Emma Watson's leaked photos could have been stolen by hackers, experts say
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Stolen images of actress Emma Watson that appeared online could be the result of a hacking attack, security experts have claimed. A spokesman for the Beauty And The Beast star confirmed private images of Emma at a clothes fitting had been stolen and legal action was being pursued, but that the cache of images did not contain any nude photographs. Some social media users have claimed the photos were being circulated on image forums and the “dark web” – an undercurrent of the internet where users are able to appear anonymously and trade information and data, often illegal content. It is here that stolen data from many cyber attacks often first appears. Cyber security expert Mark James from IT firm ESET said that while it’s still not known how the photos were stolen, a cyber attack could have played a part somewhere in the chain of events. “The news is quite sketchy currently regarding this new batch of leaked material,” he said. “These photos could have come from anywhere – it may be a direct hack against one of the many cloud storage services we subscribe and upload to, or it may simply be another case of password re-use obtained from the sheer volume of our private data being leaked, stolen and posted online.” “Many of these services were created a long time ago when password security was not on everyone’s lips.
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