Laptops of Lady Gaga, Timberlake hacked?

German hackers stand accused of breaking into the computers of more than 50 pop stars in order to obtain both music and compromising images. These include Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.

We are all ducks, meekly sitting while those who have the hacking skills infiltrate our mind's eyes, aka our laptops.

It seems, sadly, that among the latest victims of boys riding Trojan horses are acclaimed worldwide singing personality Lady Gaga, as well as other notable performing stallions, such as Justin Timberlake.

According to the Telegraph, Lady Gaga and more than 50 other fine icons of our cultured times have suffered hacking at the hands of two Germans lads who desired access to their unreleased songs and their unreleasable intimate photographs.

German prosecutors claim that among the hackers' haul was a picture of the singer Kesha in a state of considerable nudity, and, simultaneously, considerable pleasure.

Indeed, the prosecutors say that instead of attempting to sell this image to an unscrupulously enterprising Web site, the hackers tried to blackmail Kesha. That does seem to be somewhat culturally unaware behavior.

Was she a hacker target? CC Domain Barnyard/Flickr

It also seems a little dense that the hackers--reportedly a 17-year-old and a 23-year-old--began to boast about their Trojan prowess on the Web. So here were two people proving that nothing was safe on the Web by exposing themselves in that very same maze.

The two hackers have not been formally charged. However, it seems that only the loyal, passionate, and thoroughly responsible fans of the original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, plucked up the temerity to expose these alleged fiends.

These fans were perplexed that Clarkson's unreleased music was available on the Web. In booming online voices, they sounded the alarm, and soon the FBI, together with their German allies, swung into action.

The German publication Deutsche Welle does cast some doubt as to whether it was the stars' most personal laptops that were accessed by these alleged miscreants.

Suggesting that perhaps the hackers managed to access the laptops of managers and others close to these legends, Deutsche Welle quotes Ralf Haferkamp of the Duisburg prosecutor's office: "I can't say whether the laptop sitting on Lady Gaga's nightstand was among them, but I think that's pretty unlikely."

This is a curious assertion. Is Haferkamp truly suggesting that stars' laptops enjoy greater security than those of the mere minions they have at their disposal for a mere 10 percent (or less) of their earnings? Do these stars employ their own hacker protection squads (paid by the hour, naturally) in order to fend off unwanted assaults? Or might these stars' managers wish to discourage those who would now believe that accessing the very heart, the very control(-freak) room of the world's cultural greats is an easy process?

No one is safe. Just like Kesha and every other great star in the world, we are all one small step from overexposure.

 

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