Sunday, November 09, 2008

A case for encryption: Adrienne Bailon has nude photos stolen

I don’t even know how I stumbled across this one, but I think it created for me a different evanescent thought than most people. Singer Adrienne Bailon of the Cheetah Girls (she's the one with the light brown hair) has had some “practically nude” photographs of herself taken from a stolen laptop and used as blackmail against her.


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Several practically nude photos have been stolen from Adrienne's laptop, and sources tell us the scumbag who took 'em is trying to shop them around to the highest bidder.

It all started when Bailon was at JFK airport in late October, and noticed her laptop computer was missing from her bell cart. She filed a report with the Port Authority -- but later that day her record label received an anonymous phone call from a man saying he had her laptop and would return it for $1000.

If thou secure information that thou’d rather the public didn't readily get their hands on—say, by encrypting it—this sort of event could be dramatically reduced.

Think on this for a moment now. All of us have private things nowadays in forms that we carry around with us every day. We sometimes put them on thumbdrives, into our phones, onto our laptops. If I had nude photos of my little self I would certainly not keep them anywhere unsecured. If someone wanted to grab my photos and blackmail me, they'd first have to be extremely determined.

I suppose that working for Elaine at Black Hat Magick Detective Agency has changed my outlook on how to protect my more personal thoughts.

The gossip aggregator over at says, “Either way, the lesson is don't leave your stuff unattended at the airport, kids. Someone might just steal your private, naked pics and blackmail you over them.

Or, how about protect it with something like PGP.

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