The latest crop of hacked-and-leaked nude celebrity photos has reignited the discussion over the culture of victim-blaming.
On Sunday, news broke that a user of anonymous online message board 4chan posted nude photos of several celebrities, including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and model Kate Upton.
Winstead acknowledged on Twitter that the leaked photos of her had been deleted from her device, but restored by hackers. Apple has also confirmed that certain celebrity accounts had been deliberately targeted and hacked.
With that in mind, this week's CoPO asks: Who is to blame when accounts are hacked and private photos are published?
The victims? Unsurprisingly, the women themselves have been blamed for their present predicament, under the pretense of if you don't want nude photos of you leaked, don't take nude photos of yourselves.
Does this argument let the hackers off the hook?
Did any of these women deserve to have their accounts hacked and their private photos published?
Are the engineers to blame when their software fails to keep sensitive data private?
Does the gap between technology and the law allow hackers and thieves to thrive?
Do the privacy rights of the anonymous poster of the hacked photos trump the rights of those photographed?
Does the demand for nude celebrity photos say more about the hackers or society as a whole?
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