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Apple responds, says iCloud not responsible for nude celebrity leak

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 02, 2014.

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Apple responds
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If you have seen pictures of Jennifer Lawrence wearing... well nothing at all, you are probably familiar with the celebrity nude photo leak that has happened this week. A slew of Hollywood starlets have had their modesty exposed after a massive hack took images from the smartphones and pasted them all over the internet.

Apple's iCloud was fingered as the cause of the problem, with an apparent brute force attack bombarding the service with passwords and finally getting through. Aside from a small response yesterday, Apple has so far kept quiet on the matter, but now Cupertino has broken its silence with the following statement:

CUPERTINO, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)- 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. 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. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.

What Apple is basically saying is that iCloud and Find My Phone were not breached at all and instead a targeted attack was mounted to get the photos. In other words, the hack targeted the celebrities it wanted to and was successful because they had poor security implementation in place. Of course, it is likely that more famous people were targeted but their security measures stood firm, or it was not Apple's fault, or at least that is what Cupertino is saying.

We suspect this one will rumble on through, so stay tuned!

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