Lawyers for Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney (pictured above) and actress Liz Lee confirmed yesterday that the photographs of their clients were taken when they were underage. Their firms sent cease-and-desist orders to Porn.com as well as Reddit, where users initially posted the photographs in a subreddit known as “The Fappening.”
The photographs of Liz Lee were not a product of the initial hack, but “revenge porn” posted by an ex-boyfriend in 2007 that were shared again in the latest scandal.
One of the moderators of “The Fappening” who goes by the name of “SickOrSane” argued that the photographs of the minors must be removed, or “this subreddit will most likely be banned, very quickly.”
“Effective immediately: any images/galleries/torrents/mega dumps/ etc. containing Mckayla Maroney or Liz Lee will be immediately removed due to the fact that they were underage (<18) in the photos taken," SickOrSane continued. Many of the users who frequent the subreddit were concerned about the presence of child pornography on their hard drives, The Daily Dot reports, and were soliciting advice as to how to destroy it. Despite the fact that many users are aiding each other in destroying potential evidence in a child pornography case, Reddit has not yet banned “The Fappening.”
According to Apple, the hackers most likely obtained the photographs by using the option to reset iCloud’s security questions. Given the amount of information available about these celebrities online, Apple contends that their security questions were likely easy to answer.
[“President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s ‘not impressed’ look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office” via The White House on Flickr, Creative Commons Lisence