Jacob Kastrenakes reports:
Apple says that the mass theft of nude celebrity photos that were released over the weekend did not occur because of a breach in any Apple systems, including iCloud. Apple says, however, that certain celebrities were the subject of targeted hacking attempts that focused on compromising their usernames, passwords, and security questions — a common and well-tread technique. Though Apple’s statement doesn’t make it entirely clear, it sounds as though iCloud may still have been involved in some capacity: that is, Apple’s customers may have had their iCloud usernames and passwords stolen.
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Elsewhere, Adam Clark Estes reports:
Apple has admitted to a security breach that resulted in a number of celebrity nude photos being leaked. But the company denies that it had anything to do with iCloud. The investigation remains ongoing, however.
The company denies that it had anything to do with iCloud servers being compromised. Instead, celeb accounts were specifically targeted using what sounds like social engineering. This is basically good news since an exploit in iCloud or Find My iPhone would mean that everyone is vulnerable. The company said as much in a statement about the whole hacking affair:
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.
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