Paparazzi hackers emerging, security firm says

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Ligatt, a Los Angeles-based security firm, today said that hackers have begun to specifically scan IP addresses in areas such as Beverly Hills and Malibu in the hope to find an open door to a home computer of celebrities. The motivation for this new strategy: To find "private photos, family pictures, nude photographs, personal and sexual video footage" that can be sold to "tabloid newspapers," Ligatt said.  

The security firm does not have any hard evidence that such hacking activities already took place. The claim that celebrity computers are actually targeted is based on the monitoring of "a hacker’s chat room," in [the firm] has learned that hackers are targeting entertainers and their managers’ home computers."