Posted: 3 September, 2014
by Dan Hill
Apple Says iCloud Not To Blame For Nude Photos
Statement Says Individual Accounts Were Targeted
It’s been a trying week for the celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, who are caught up in the Nude Photo Leak scandal which hit the internet on Monday.
Very explicit photos were leaked onto Twitter by members of 4Chan, and quickly spread.
Initial reports said that Apple’s iCloud was breached and the photos were taken from there, but Apple have come out and said their service is NOT to blame.
‘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, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification.’
Essentially it means that the accounts compromised were targeted by hackers, using a process called ‘Social Engineering.’ (see below for the description.)
Everyday users shouldn’t worry about the security of their account - But as a precaution it would be a good idea to change all of your passwords, and turn on a feature called Two-Factor authentication.
Celebrities reported to have photos stolen include Kate Upton, Hilary Duff, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lady Gaga.
A practice used by hackers in order to gain sensitive information needed in order to compromise security by using techniques such as eavesdropping on conversations.
For anyone who grew up in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, MSN was a staple to your online habits.
It’s set to be announced on the 9th of September in California, and the iPhone 6 has to be one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year.
A selfie is all good... until it is very, very bad!