Photos by Georges Biard and David Shankbone. Three years ago "The Fappening" brought porn into the evening news headlines. Hollywood stars — Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence among them — had their iClouds hacked, and almost photos were published — showing mostly women, mostly naked — none of which were intended for the public's eyes.
The Fappening , a portmanteau of the words "happening" and "fap" , refers to a nude photograph leak featuring various high profile celebrities that were posted on 4chan in late August Many of speculated that the images were stolen via Apple's iCloud service, which hosts photographs taken with iPhone mobile devices online. Also on August 31st, 4chan users launched the hoax hashtag LeakForJLaw to encourage female Twitter users to post topless photographs of themselves in solidarity with Jennifer Lawrence under the banner of social justice. That same evening, Twitter user Boogie  posted a topless photograph of himself accompanied by the hashtag, garnering upwards of 1, retweets in 15 hours.
Examples of The Fappening
The Fappening refers to an event that began on August 31, when an iCloud hack resulted in nude photos of dozens of celebrities to be released online. The term The Fappening likely comes from a portmanteau of fap and happening. Fap is a slang word that refers to masturbation, especially involving a penis. In this context, the implication is that this is very likely what people on the internet do when they get a hold of naked pictures. On August 31, , the images were released on 4chan and also circulated on Reddit.
On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and internet users referred to under names such as the "fappening" a portmanteau of "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and "Celebgate", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity. The leak also prompted increased concern from analysts surrounding the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. The images were obtained via the online storage offered by Apple 's iCloud platform for automatically backing up photos from iOS devices, such as iPhones.