Hacker sentenced for ‘Celebgate’ iCloud phishing scam

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iCloud hack took place back in 2014.
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The fourth hacker responsible for leaking nude images from hundreds of iCloud accounts, belonging to Hollywood celebrities and others, has been sentenced to prison.

Connecticut-based George Garafano was sentenced to eight months, after which he must serve three years of supervised release, as well as performing 60 hours of community service. He plead guilty back in April.

YubiKey wants to be like Touch ID for your Internet life

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YubiKey opens the way to online security. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
YubiKey can make online security easy -- if it gains widespread adoption. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

LAS VEGAS — Nobody wants to get hacked like Jennifer Lawrence’s iCloud account. Everyone, including Apple, is pushing two-factor authentication in the wake of the high-profile hack that exposed dozens of celebrities nude selfies, but verifying an account login with a code sent to your phone is a total pain.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 In the not-so-distant future, we might all be storing two-factor authentication on our keychains.

Yubico is already providing eight out of 10 Silicon Valley companies with a tiny USB dongle called YubiKey that securely verifies an employee’s online identity. You just plug it into a computer and tap it when it’s time to log in. Now that Gmail has started supporting YubiKey on the front end, anyone can use it as the second verification step for getting into their inbox.

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Looking back on the hits from Apple's blockbuster year. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
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Women hackers push for equal-opportunity sex pics

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Screengrab from CotillionGirlsComedy, YouTube
Screengrab from CotillionGirlsComedy, YouTube

“Attention, female nerds,” begins this satirical YouTube video, “learn how to hack.”

If you’re tired of all the recent news about the iCloud nude selfies hack , or finding it difficult to trust your mobile devices with your own pictures due to the inherent vulnerabilities of storing data in the cloud, these ladies have the solution.

The CotillionGirlsComedy group feels your pain, and want to encourage (straight) women everywhere to learn how to hack. Because Ryan Gosling nudes, right?

Check out this hilarious video below for some on-target social satire, including a funny bit about Pinterest, the iPad case you can have sex with, and ridiculous Grand Theft Auto mods.

Warning – this is really NSFW, even with the pixellated genitalia.