Lily Allen Said To Be Suing Apple Over Her Hacked Laptop... But Details Are Scarce And Hazy

from the huh? dept

Reader technofear was the first of a few of you to send over variations on the story that Lily Allen is allegedly suing Apple to force the company to help her figure out who hacked into her laptop. At least that's about all I can figure out from the various press reports. I've read about a dozen at this point, and all of them are incredibly vague. There's a hacked laptop. There's a request to Apple, which was refused, and then there was a "lawsuit." While I'm not sure how UK law works on this topic, if it were in the US, it sounds more like a situation where she's seeking someone's IP address, and is filing for a subpoena (or something like it) to compel Apple to reveal certain information which may identify who was involved. That's not quite "suing Apple," but again, the details are vague. It's also not clear what "hacked her laptop" means... or why Apple would have the details. Is there anyone out there who has actual details beyond the absolutely awful press reports?


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 2:28pm

    Obviously...

    ...someone hacked her computer and posted infringing mixtapes to her blog, over which she was basically villified by the entire interwebz filled with people who just want everything for free and infringe on everything because they're dirty smelly raporists.

    Who did the hacking? I'm pretty sure it was Mike Masnick's army of hackers, also known as MMAH, which, ironically, when pronounced phoenetically is the same half-retarded noise I make as my brain goes limp when listening to anything Lily has to say.

    ....this means something, I'm sure of it. I just can't figure out what the hell it is....

     

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    angal2, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 2:52pm

    I can't help but wonder why the original article felt the need to mention that she's pregnant.

    Unless...the baby is a super-genius and figured out how to hack Lily's computer from inside the womb.

    Case closed.

     

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    trilobug, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:02pm

    Screw b-days I'm getting old.

    I think Lily Tomlin is awesome...oh wait, who the fuck is this?

     

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    crade (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:27pm

    Probably that is all the information that anyone has. Lily claims her laptop is hacked, has no evidence, probably tried to go to the police with nothing but empty accusations, then called apple and wanted their tech support to magically unhack it, or pull evidence out of their magic hat to help her catch the perpetrator or the alledged hack, and got pissed when they told her she was off her rocker.

    By the way, am I supposed to know who the hell this is?

     

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      crade (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:29pm

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      Wait wait, that must be Tim Allen's wife right?

       

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      interval (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 4:21pm

      Re:

      "By the way, am I supposed to know who the hell this is?"

      That's what I'm talkin' about.

       

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        interval (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 4:31pm

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        UK Pop Singer. Interesting suit considering she could actually hire a consultant or two to get her the same information Apple could provide. I guess she wanted Apple to provide her with free IT consulting. I don't particularly care to line up with Apple on anything, but in this case were I Apple I'd probably have told her the same thing. Do people like her have any idea how the real world works?

         

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      Marcel de Jong (profile), Sep 23rd, 2010 @ 3:58am

      Re:

      Might she have been affected by the Twitter bug? And assumed she was the only one?

      Allen seems very computer illiterate to me. So I wouldn't be at all surprised if it turns out she opened an email attachment of one of those "funny" emails, that happened to have a payload for the Mac in it.

      And now she claims that she's been hacked, and wants Apple to sort it all out, because, you know, Apple knows everything that happens to any Apple computer. Steve Jobs has a special Lily Allen screen that shows him what's going on with her Mac.

       

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    hmmm, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:34pm

    Actually her laptop WAS hacked..you want proof? just listen to one of her songs..there is NO WAY IN HELL, anyone with an IQ even in double figures would release such mindless, pointless drivel to the publi....oh wait nm....

     

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    Ben, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:44pm

    Who the hell is Lilly Allen?

    And why would anybody care about her psychotic spasms?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:51pm

    what?

    Why even post a story about something you don't have full grasp on?

    /get off my rss feed.

     

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      crade (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 4:00pm

      Re: what?

      Why not? It's fun. Otherwise I wouldn't get to imagine how Lily's adventure with Apple went.

       

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      Mike Masnick (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 4:46pm

      Re: what?

      Why even post a story about something you don't have full grasp on?


      Er. Many reasons.

      (1) This is a discussion site, and as I've said countless times, I post about what's out there in order to kick off a discussion and learn more. It's quite common for me to ask folks if they know more. I've probably done it half a dozen times this week.

      (2) This story is being reported widely (Google News shows hundreds of stories) and all of the reporting seems confused. And they all reported it without having much of a grasp on the subject. At least I pointed out where it doesn't make sense and asked for people to fill in the blanks. The rest of the press just pretended they knew what was going on when they clearly did not.

      /get off my rss feed.


      Your choice, but if me asking questions makes you dump the RSS feed, well, good luck to you.

       

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 4:27pm

    It's simple

    Her computer was saving copies of all her stuff without getting her explicit permission.

     

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    Rufus Boy, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 5:23pm

    By By Lily Allan

    This is soooooo funny. She clearly thinks she is "rich" and Apple will be intimidated. HA! What a joke. How much money is cash does Apple have these days? $52 Billion was it? No only will their team of high priced lawyers destroy her in court, they will counter sue, on the grounds that her making these claims, and the claims being reported all over the news services, is slander against Apple, and will create the impression in peoples minds that Apple is selling a product that: 1. Is easily hacked. and 2. Apple is unwilling to provide any assistance to people. When Apple is finished with he, she'll be living in a caravan!!! HA!

     

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      Hephaestus (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 5:52pm

      Re: By By Lily Allan

      "When Apple is finished with he, she'll be living in a caravan!!! HA!"

      I say we add insult to injury. We should send her a refrigerator box, a mail box with her name on it, a map to a park in the UK, and forward her mail to that park address.

      Big Ole Grin...

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 7:46pm

    Lily Allen the dumbest person you ever known!

     

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    Karl (profile), Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 11:13pm

    The Sun?

    It appears that every single story on this subject is using this article in The Sun as their only source.

    That article's total length is a mere four sentences.

    And the last of those sentences was just the typical, snarky comment that British tabloids use as a "punch line" to the story.

    So this is kind of like saying UFO's are real, because the Weekly World News said so.

     

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      PaulT (profile), Sep 23rd, 2010 @ 4:55am

      Re: The Sun?

      Yeah, I came here to say this. When the article linked starts "According to The Sun", you really should accept that facts will be thin on the ground...

      For Americans, this is a newspaper that made its name with page 3 girls (topless girls, usually close to the age of consent in the same issues where they attack paedophiles) and bingo games. Think the New York Post with more boobs (and yes, it's also a Murdoch product).

      Journalism is not what you'll find there, although it's not quite as shamelessly tacky as the Daily Star or the Sunday Sport.

       

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    abc gum, Sep 23rd, 2010 @ 5:45am

    Some kids will do anything for attention.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 23rd, 2010 @ 7:27am

    UPDATE!

     

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