Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Sep 2014 19:14 UTC

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. 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.

So, iCloud accounts were compromised, but iCloud was not compromised.


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True from a certain point of view
by lindkvis on Wed 3rd Sep 2014 07:28 UTC
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Of course Apple have fscked up with regards to allowing people to try passwords too many times. That is unacceptable and needs fixing if it hasn't already been done. But at least it does seem like the iCloud servers haven't been compromised. Not sure what kind of comfort this gives the users that have gotten their personal images leaked though.

As for "should have known better" before posting nude or pornographic pictures to the cloud, I would like to point out that iCloud automatically syncs all images to the cloud as long as you've signed up. There is no additional upload button. So if you usually get your normal photos uploaded, I imagine it is pretty easy to forget about it when you take a raunchy picture.

Apple needs to fix their login procedure and make it much easier to keep your privacy. Perhaps a "private" mode for the camera, just like in the browser, where the photo is strictly kept on the camera?

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