Nude photos of Justin Bieber a ruse: bellybutton tells the tale! Think before you click

Filed Under: Celebrities, Featured, Hacked, Nude Celebrities, Privacy

Justin BieberDon't click on that photo of Justin Bieber!

It's not him, fans say.

Sure, there's the trademark bird tattoo on the left hip, but the nipples are all wrong.

A photo distributed on the internet shows a headless naked male body engaged in what might perhaps be a sexual act with himself.

It was allegedly leaked when a thief made off with the singer's laptop and camera after a show in Washington.

The gadgets contain "a lot of personal footage," the star tweeted within hours of the theft:

There's just so much wrong with this picture, and I'm not talking about Justin Bieber's pink parts.

The first bit of wrongness has to do with anybody who'd actually risk their cyber security by clicking on an alleged celebrity photo.

The land of Twitter has plenty of skeptical Twitizens, but so too does it have far too many drooling fans eager to click on JB's charms.

Take Breanna, for example:

Hopefully, young fans like Breanna have wise friends who can educate them regarding malware, which loves to hitch a ride onto PCs using come-ons like nude celebrity pictures.

Earlier this week, Microsoft released its most recent Security Intelligence Report, which showed that photos, movies, software and other media are increasingly infested with Trojans and other attack vectors.

Anybody who goes out searching for nude photos of celebrities is just asking to be taken advantage of.

There's a long history of malware authors making the most of splashy celebrity-related headlines, whether it's the death of Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse, Rihanna sex videos or a purported video of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Beyond the danger of clicking on what could be malware-laced photos, what in the world is Bieber doing storing personal footage on a laptop that hasn't been properly encrypted and secured with a strong password?

Sophos's Graham Cluley made this YouTube video a while back to explain how to choose a hard-to-crack but easy-to-remember password, but if you're tackling the task of security education for Beliebers, you might want to cut right to the part where he addresses password management software programs like 1Password, KeePass and LastPass, any of which will lift the task of remembering all their different passwords.

And with that accomplished, we will leave Bieber's fans to the task of bellybutton analysis.

But do point out to them that, as the Huffington Post shows, the star's belly button is clearly an outie.

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2 Responses to Nude photos of Justin Bieber a ruse: bellybutton tells the tale! Think before you click

  1. Matt · 743 days ago

    Well, in lieu of common sense, that's why File Vault 2 or PGP WDE (or even BitLocker - ugh) exists... And people laugh at me for using it.

  2. Gavin · 743 days ago

    I am quite sure that photos would have been accessed from the stolen camera -- I have yet to learn about a fully encrypted password-protected digital camera after all -- but can we jump to the same conclusion about Justin's laptop?

    How do we know the was not encrypted or that its password was inadequate? We know it was stolen, so he lost personal footage and photos, but unless I'm missing something that's not the same as saying the laptop itself was then successfully accessed by the perpetrator.

    In any case, the point is moot for us mere readers. The advice to encrypt and strongly protect a laptop, especially if you are a high-profile target, is as valuable and useful as ever.

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I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don't be shy.