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Risks of Storing Personal Data in Online Storage Systems

Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

The FBI and Apple are investigating the Hollywood hacker that exposed nude pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. 300 million people currently store their photos in a file storage system called 'The Cloud.'

What many people don't realize is that once a photo is snapped on a phone, it will turn up in the Cloud and on all other devices synched to the system.

If a hacker can tap into a user's system, they will have access to a wealth of information.

A system like the Cloud is highly encrypted and highly secure but is not without risks.

"All that compilation of information in one place becomes an enormous data risk when its breached so instead of hacking all these individual phones or emails they're getting it all because they've hacked the entire cloud," said privacy law attorney Anne McKenna.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence called the hacking "a flagrant violation of privacy."

Risks of Storing Personal Data in Online Storage Systems


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