When a hacker successfully breaks into their account, they notch up ‘win’ and post any embarrassing pictures they find.
Experts believe this latest celebrity stalking began in what is known as the Dark Web (or Deep Web or Underweb) a noxious matrix of encrypted websites that allows users to surf beneath the everyday internet with complete anonymity.
Janay Palmer had her chin down, shoulder raised, and she was half-turned away from Rice in the instant before the Ravens' running back punched her out. But that dissolved into an alleged gang rape and sex assault after which four men would be arrested, handcuffed and booked.
Much of the trade is done with bitcoins, the controversial digital currency which is increasingly used by cyber-criminals to cloak their activities.
All these years later, it sends her hurtling back to the rape examination at Salem Hospital, the police interview, having to tell her boyfriend and mother, and the whispers, guilt and shame.
For years, she's been hung up on that three-word hook -- "a bad choice" -- as if violating her body was like knocking on the wrong door in the right neighborhood. She'd told investigators the men stood around, watching it happen and cheering the others on. "I get sick of reading articles about how great a guy the coach is." That coach is Mike Riley. Tracy's report to police and the ensuing investigation led newscasts, raised questions and divided public sentiment when it occurred 16 years ago.
Most sickeningly, some 4chan users felt the site wasn’t sufficiently pornographic and formed a break-away message board, Anon IB, where hackers calling themselves ‘i Cloud rippers’ advertise their services to break into the online account of any woman and download her private photos.
The site’s so-called ‘obtained pictures’ section lists the email and i Cloud addresses of dozens of women.