It seems the world over has come be fascinated with the recent Jennifer Lawrence leaking of images, and that includes far away nation New Zealand which has seen the Southern Hemisphere outpost internet collapsing as users sought to get an eyeful of Jennifer Lawrence naked images.
Reports the UK’s dailymail: New Zealand faced an internet meltdown after people tried to view what they thought were new celebrity nude photos that had been leaked.
The country’s main internet provider Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom crashed causing an uproar with their customers.
Customers have been fuming that service has been down from Friday and it was only fully repaired on Sunday.
Spark has since told that the first attack occurred after a handful of users clicked on links believing they would lead to new leaked images of celebrities but instead the link installed viruses that crippled the IP.
The cyber attack comes after a user uploaded a list of many high profile stars in the nude.
While some photographs were stolen from Apple’s iCloud storage system many celebrities have come out and denied the photos being real.
From Friday night Spark took to Twitter and Facebook to inform their users that they were on the case.
Spark tweeted that when people clicked on some links they inadvertently installed malware ‘generating a high amount of traffic to overseas sites’.
Trend Micro a computer security company issued alerts after the New Zealand cyber attack warning users not to open the links related to illicit photographs.
‘For obvious reasons, clicking on links to ‘naked celebrity’ photos, or opening email attachments, would be a very bad idea right now. Expect criminals to ride this bandwagon immediately,’ it said.
‘Our scanning brought to our attention some freshly-concocted schemes targeting those looking for the photos borne from the aforementioned leak.
‘The first threat we found hails from Twitter, in the form of a tweet being posted with hashtags that contain the name of one of the leak’s victims – Jennifer Lawrence.’
New Zealand authorities have told they do not know who was behind the attack, which was launched from outside the country. Woe to flummoxed New Zealanders…