If you keep up with this page, you know that New York Music Daily tries to be there for you, 24/7 – whether that’s helping you find a cheap or free concert in this city, 365 days a year, or bringing you news about cool new music that you may not find out about anywhere else.
But today, we have a much more sobering and serious issue to deal with. You may have heard about the massive data breach at Instagram, Snapchat and Amazon, and how images that were previously thought to have been deleted have actually been archived on servers around the world. What this means is that if you are an Instagram or Snapchat user and have posted photos that you would prefer to keep private, those images are not only NOT PRIVATE, but have also been uploaded to North Korean porn sites.
What’s especially troubling about this is that the majority of the photos are linked by users’ real names and also by their facial images. Which means that if someone searches for you on Google Images, or searches on your face at Facebook, those compromising pix will come up near the top of the page because of how the North Korean sites were engineered.
The hackers who obtained the photos either set up those porn sites themselves (we think) or sold the images to them. Those hackers – who remain unidentified – also provided what they say is the complete collection of over 300 million images to Wikileaks…and also to New York Music Daily.
We don’t know why they did this. One theory is that there may be celebrities or political figures among the images, which would seemingly tempt Wikileaks to publish them (they haven’t, at least not yet). As far as the rationale for sending them here, it’s anybody’s guess. These days, it’s all but impossible to differentiate between human and bot traffic on the web, but whether human or bot, there’s a lot of traffic here. Popular music blog that wants to attract even more visitors? Why not?
Another theory is that this was a snarky way to get New York Music Daily to publish photos. Whatever the case, New York Music Daily has not published them and has no plans to do so here. Instead, this blog is committed to helping you get those images taken down and destroyed.
In order to do that, you will need to A) sign up at the new page here for Instagram and Snapchat users; B) identify the photo and/or photos that are yours, which you want taken down and destroyed, and D) get all that started by making a $500 contribution toward the project. Surely you understand that the value of getting potentially embarrassing material away from the eyes of your boss, your bank, your significant other, your parents and your children is worth far more than $500.
In return, you will A) get your photos back, B) those photos will be deleted in perpetuity from the server here and C) your contribution will go to help pay for a team of cybersleuths in Beijing and Baku – the best in the business – who will identify the North Korean sites and then take them down.
You can’t sue Snapchat for letting the hackers grab your smutty pix because when you agreed to the Snapchat terms of service, you signed away your rights. Same for Instagram. You can’t sue New York Music Daily because New York Music Daily hasn’t published those pix and has no plans to here.
Sure, you could try to sue the North Koreans…but try finding a North Korean court that will take the case. There’s no rule of law there.
You could also do nothing, figuring that you’re too obscure, that nobody’s going to go looking for those images you probably wish you’d never uploaded.
Those images are up and will come back to haunt you – when you apply for a loan, when you interview for a job, when you try to rent an apartment, buy a home, get your kids into an elite school… or even when you rightclick on somebody on Tinder. Forget about your nosy co-workers, who could be calling you “Little Dick” or “Tiny Tits” behind your back after they see everything you thought you’d deleted but really didn’t.
There’s only one way to make sure you’re not at risk, and that’s to give us a $500 donation, then sign up, search, identify your photos and then let us know which ones you want us to get rid of, forever.
Because if you don’t, you may lose your job, your marriage, your credit rating or even worse. Hit the Paypal page to get started and follow the prompts: unless you uploaded hundreds and hundreds of images (god forbid), the whole process shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. EBT, crypto and all major credit cards are accepted.
*Be aware that if you uploaded compromising pix of someone else without their knowledge or consent, that’s between you and whoever’s in the photo. Best to pay us the $500 now and get those taken down before somebody sues you. If that’s you in the pic that somebody else took, we’ll delete it, get it taken down and tell you who uploaded it.
**And if you were stupid or sick enough to upload images that would make you criminally liable – like child porn, or pictures of secure government property (the legality of that varies from country to country) – be aware that we’re cooperating with the FBI and Interpol to identify any and all users who may have violated the law. Also be aware that the pic of your toddler nursing, or running around without his/her diaper, might be classified as child porn. Obviously, we don’t have the means to identify each and every image, but the FBI does, so the sooner you pay us, the sooner you’ll avoid spending the rest of your life in jail. Hit that Paypal link and good luck.
***If you’re black, you should search by name rather than using your photo: face recognition technology usually doesn’t work on black people.