Regret: Half-naked photos expose woman via iPhone app

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by Sarah Forgany / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 9:49 AM

It was the one click of a button that changed Ashley's life. A click on her iPhone that exposed her half-naked photos to the world.

You see, Ashley used an iPhone application called Quip to send a topless picture to her husband who is serving in a warzone overseas. But Quip had a massive security flaw.

It works by storing pictures to a server. The flaw allowed users to type in any five letters or numbers and someone else's picture would appear.

In October, thousands of pictures went public.

Computer security expert Craig Schiller says, "Once things are on the internet, they stay there forever. There isn't anything anyone can do about it."

The damage is done for Ashley and other women. To this day, a Google search pulls up websites with their nude pictures.

To make matters worse, Ashley says a malicious user got a hold of her pictures and began harassing her on Facebook.

"I got 50 emails, 'Is this really you? You look sexy'," Ashley says.

And then the unthinkable happened. According to Ashley, someone sent the nude photo to her boss and friends.

Meanwhile the Quip app maker sent this statement:

"I apologize to our users for this security breach. As soon as this post came to our attention, we immediately shutdown our servers."

For Ashley not even an apology can restore her life.

"I paid money to have my life destroyed," Ashley says.

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