Hackers leaking nude photos of celebrities are now tapping into the anonymous sharing app, Whisper, to obtain similar illicit private photos but of non-celebrity women. BuzzFeed reports that users of AnonIB’s /stol message board, where hackers “trade phishing secrets, take requests, and advertise their particular ripping skills,” are targeting the Whisper app. One user writes that “there are all sorts of opportunities there for girls who share their pics without second thought. I’ve gotten some nudes from some young teens, and have actually had a couple of hook-ups with hot girls as well.”
Whisper’s Editor-in-Chief Neetzan Zimmerman told Buzzfeed that “there isn’t much we can do because we specifically don’t monitor private message conversations.” What’s allegedly going on at Whisper is less a hack than a scam. And while Whisper can notify its users of potential scams on the app, it maintains that private messages are indeed private messages–and it won’t start picking and choosing which ones are okay. Protecting these messages and keeping them secure is actually anti-hacker.