Have you ever uploaded a nudie shot to Photobucket — one of the web's largest, and oldest, image-hosting sites? If you did, you probably kept it private, right? So only its intended recipient could see it, and it wouldn't get found and spread all over the internet? Yesterday, inspired by the "hackers" who were able to access Wired writer Mat Honan's online accounts and fully wipe his MacBook, BuzzFeed's Katie Notopoulos took a look at "fusking," the not-actually-hacking technique of finding private — and often nude — pictures on Photobucket by exploiting its privacy settings:.
How hackers built software to steal naked photos from hundreds of women automatically
Ladies: 8, Creeps on Reddit Are Sharing the Nude Photos You Posted to Photobucket
An alarming number of women have no idea that their private, nude photos posted on Photobucket, have been made public and are being passed around on Internet message boards. An entire thread on Reddit is devoted to posting X-rated pictures stolen from the photo-sharing site. Nude, explicit, and R-rated images uploaded on the online photo-hosting platform were in some cases made available to view on public Web forums dedicated to exploiting Photobucket's privacy settings. The forum has more than 10, members. Unbelievably, another thread takes requests. Reddit users post names of girls whose private photos they want to see. Skilled hackers are bypassing Photobucket's security settings and scouring for naked photos users wanted to keep private.
Ladies: 8,000 Creeps on Reddit Are Sharing the Nude Photos You Posted to Photobucket
The long and short of it is that free accounts can no longer embed their images on third party sites. So yeah, this sucks for people who rely on Photobucket for hosting all of their images for free. People are upset to say the least.
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