CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin was discussing the recent leaks of intimate celebrity photos on CNN Newsroom Monday, and asked CNN’s own technology analyst Bret Larson about not what, but who, 4chan might be. The two appeared to be unaware that 4chan is a website and not a person.
“Do we even know, who is this ‘4 chan’ person or website?” asked Baldwin.
When given the chance to clarify, Larson replied, “I’m sure we’re going to able to get some more confirmation on this as the hours and minutes go on, he may have been just a system administrator who knew his way around and how to hack things.”
“It seems like this was not a real big effort, but was more of a ‘I have these user names, I know of this loophole, this security loophole, I’m just gonna run this password app and see if I can get through to these people’s cloud-based account’,” Larson continued.
4chan is actually “a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. There are boards dedicated to a variety of topics, from Japanese animation and culture to videogames, music, and photography.” There is a wide range of categories where users post, ranging from Japanese culture to technology to adult content, and has been called a “shock post” site by The Washington Post.