Thursday 23 November 2017

Naked truth is that Sia is still a victim

An act of empowerment maybe, but nude pictures of the Australian singer are online nevertheless, writes Sophie Donaldson

VICTIM: Australian musician Sia
VICTIM: Australian musician Sia
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

Have you ever had that dream where you arrive at school and suddenly realise you are naked? It's a terrifying scenario. Now imagine if that wasn't a dream and, instead of your classmates, you are exposed to basically anybody who has an internet connection - some three billion people, according to recent estimates.

That is the reality for any-body who has had an electronic account hacked and intimate photos distributed online.

Nobody is immune to an online privacy breach; not those people who think that p@$$w0rD is foolproof, and not even the rich and famous. Indeed, the richer and more famous you are, the more valuable your privacy becomes. In 2014, a mass hack of more than 300 online accounts resulted in the proliferation of thousands of private images of celebrities across the internet. Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and model Kate Upton were just some of the high-profile people targeted - I say 'people' but the majority of victims were, unsurprisingly, women.

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