Perverts online are referring to the recent leak of hundreds of personal (read: nude) photos of about two dozen or so celebrities as "The Fappening," because they're all excited that they can now view stolen intimate photos of sexy celebrities and use them for... well, you know what.
If you're not familiar with what "Fappening" means, it's a mix of the words "fap," an internet slang term for masturbating, and "happening," because all the losers are calling this the Holy Grail of material to look at while they sit at home and whack off.
As the FBI hunts for the person(s) responsible for hacking into the places where celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Selena Gomez have stored their personal photos and sharing them with the world via the internet (more specifically on websites 4Chan and Reddit), investigators are also looking into Apple's security features for its iCloud, which is purportedly the source of the hack because of a flaw that let hackers try thousands -- even millions -- of passwords through password hacking programs without locking them out.
The leak, if you can call it that, happened on Sunday after an anonymous 4Chan user began posting the images and links to the images. That user denies he's the hacker and has said he's just a "collector" and the one uploading the photos, according to Britain's The Independent, and the jackass has even complained about the lack of money he's made so far by leaking the pictures.
"People wanted sh*t for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i'm not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday)," the anonymous user said. "I really didn't get close to what I was hoping."
Naturally, opinions are divided, with the ignorant blaming the celebs for putting their private photos where others could steal them instead of placing the blame on those who violated the privacy of others and literally stole their property and shared it with others against their will.
If celebrities (or anyone, for that matter) want to take nude photos of themselves for whatever reason, it's no one's business but theirs unless they choose to share or, in some cases, facilitate a "leak."
"Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer," comedian Ricky Gervais wrote on Twitter after hearing the news, which didn't earn him any new fans.
The post has since been deleted and Gervais reiterated that it was all in jest and that "making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing."
Actress Lena Dunham's comments, however, have been the loudest and also ring the most true.
"Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again," she Tweeted. "It's not okay."
"Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender," she added later.
Others, like actress Patricia Arquette, have called those seeking out the images, referring to them as sexual molesters "participating in a group molestation."
The nude photo hack has quickly become an issue about morality. Questioning how smart it is for a celeb to leave dozens of intimate photos of themselves where they can be accessed and fall into the wrong hands and saying that they "deserved" for it to happen because of where they stored said photos is straight up wront.
As one anonymous commenter on Reddit posted in a thread about the leaked nudes, "We have officially witnessed the largest gang rape in history, and you were all participants. I'm f--king disgusted in all of you. You're all literally rapists... You are all rapists because you violated these women by viewing and sharing their STOLEN photographs without their consent."
If that doesn't make those looking feel some guilt...
Until the FBI catches the person who started all of this -- and they will, think about one of Arquette's quotes before you go searching for those leaked photos:
"Please explain why it is alright to look at someones private stolen intimate images?"
Update: Apple released a statement on Tuesday saying that it spent over 40 hours investigating its systems and found that the leak had nothing to do with iCloud or its 'Find my iPhone' app, which was also said to have had an issue.
" We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us," the company said in the statement. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
"To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification."
*NOTE: Both Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice have denied the legitimacy of their photos. Some on Reddit.com have gone as far as posting comparison images to "prove" it's really them.
Others, like Upton, Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have confirmed that their photos are the real deal.