the NSA may be building a giant Wal-Mart of a cyberespionage center with which to spy on Americans and foreigners alike, just as the FBI and CIA continue to trample all over our civil rights because the Internet is just a virtual place so their jackboots won't leave muddy tracks on the Constitution.
But pampered Hollywood beauties don't have to worry that Chris Chaney will continue to threaten the security of their nude phone pics.
I was starting to worry about all those other cybersecurity issues – failures in cybersecurity and defense that could leave the critical U.S. infrastructure exposed to attacks that would shut down our phone and power networks and, worse yet, allow raiders to penetrate the most private servers and data storage sites in the country to rip from the protection of Facebook and Gmail and Picasa every American's naked, self-shot cellphone pics, which would be spread ruthlessly across the Intertubes until a traumatized world begged to be released from the constant view of naked Americans.
Chris Chase will almost certainly go to prison after his sentencing in July.
Keep an eye on your own nudie pics, just in case (and so others don't have to)
Just as almost certainly, when he is sentenced, there will be another wave of coverage based on the knowledge that putting the words "nude," "Scarlett Johansson" and "photos" will draw page views to even the driest tech story like ants to a picnic (Yes, I know I'm doing it, too; I'm venal, not stupid.)
Each wave will collectively outweigh all the cyberwar and cybersecurity coverage posted anywhere online during the same period, and will be much more widely read. At least the headlines and the photo captions will be more widely read.
But will the rest of us be safe from hackerazzi intent on stealing private, nude photos of us as Christopher Chaney did to Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Jessica Alba and other beautiful celebrities?
Well, yes. Not safe from the FBI, CIA, Chinese military, Eastern European organized crime groups, domestic hacktivists or Indian call-center workers – all of whom claim unlimited rights of hackery within our virtual borders.
But from hackerazzi looking for the voyeuristic thrill of stealing racy pictures of famous, attractive people? Yeah. Look in the mirror; we're all pretty safe on that front.