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  • Apple Declares iCloud 'Safe'


    Following the criminal hacking and leak of private photos that were and should have remained the personal property of the respective celebrities from whom they were stolen, Apple has launched what it calls a comprehensive investigation in hopes of getting to the bottom of the biggest celebrity mobile phone hack the media has ever covered.

    In the last 48 hours, Apple's iCloud has taken a beating in the press and across social media in response to the leaked images, which reveal countless sensitive and intimate images of well known celebrities. But Apple on Tuesday put forward its most direct statement yet with regard to what exactly happened.

    While pledging to help bring those behind the hack to justice, Apple is making it clear that its iCloud platform should not bear the brunt of blame for what happened.

    "We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source," the statement reads.

    Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.
    "To protect against this type of attack," Apple says, "we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification." Both of these are addressed on Apple's website here.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Declares iCloud 'Safe' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Mr_X's Avatar
      Mr_X -
      pretty sure it has always been safe
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      What's even safer? Don't Sync photo's(especially intimate photo's) to iCloud LOL. I don't use iCloud. Always sync to my computer, then I know where my stuff is at, at all times.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      What's even safer? Don't Sync photo's(especially intimate photo's) to iCloud LOL. I don't use iCloud. Always sync to my computer, then I know where my stuff is at, at all times.
      1. Some people travel and don't always have a computer to sync with.

      2. This wasn't just an iCloud thing, but a weak password thing. DropBox and other cloud services were compromised as well.

      3. In fact, some of the celebrities whose pics were leaked don't even have an iCloud account or use an iDevice.

      Did you even see some of the passwords people use??
    1. stevelucky's Avatar
      stevelucky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      What's even safer? Don't Sync photo's(especially intimate photo's) to iCloud LOL. I don't use iCloud. Always sync to my computer, then I know where my stuff is at, at all times.
      That's a great point. Nobody, absolutely nobody, could hack the fortress that is your home computer.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by stevelucky View Post
      That's a great point. Nobody, absolutely nobody, could hack the fortress that is your home computer.
      Right?! People and their false sense of security!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      The solution is simple: Don't take nude photos of yourself. Problem solved!

      And anyway, they knew the risk involved. I think some people do it because they get a small thrill knowing that others could find such secrets.