Sep 12, 2014

Celebgate Could Inspire More Bitcoin Blackmail

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cybercrime/malcode

Caleb Chen — Cryptocoinsnews

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The Celebgate incident is still unfolding, and we are already seeing mainstream media report on the connection between the “nude celebrity photos” and Bitcoin. The original leaker of the pictures returned to 4chan recently to respond to the uproar he had caused. An excerpt from his post highlights Bitcoin’s involvement in Celebgate:

People wanted **** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i’m not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via Bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn’t get close to what I was hoping.

The leaker used bitcoins to purchase the nude photos of 100+ celebrities from the hacker. The leaker went on to explain that as he was posting he started noticing tell-tale signs that his computer actions were being watched and tracked. He further claimed that his “ISP kept cutting out” and that there were “Weird emails coming in..” The FBI is currently investigating both the leaker and the hacker, whom might have used an iCloud exploit.

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