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Apple Statement on Celebrity Photos Hack: No Breach of iCloud or Find my iPhone Systems

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Apple has released a statement on the status of its investigation on the recent hack of celebrity photos,

which some have alleged were the result of iCloud or Find my iPhone breaches.

The statement released by the company says “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone,” and that the hacks were “a result of a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet.”

Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation

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.

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  • Tom

    So… Not Apple’s fault?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Gary

    It never is ;)

  • BeaveVillage

    It wasn’t a breach. The guy was able to brute force iCloud account passwords through FindMyPhone, where there used to never be an incorrect authorization limit.

    That said, these closet-freak celebs are crazy enough to not only post nudies of themselves but pictures of them having sex knowing full well their photo stream is backed up online. It’s their own fault, 100%, not Apple Corporation.

  • Mac Mekawi

    I don’t get what the big deal is, most celebrities appear nude in movies and photoshoots anyway, my guess is that they are pissed off because they didn’t get paid for it!!

  • Chrome262

    Half of the them say they are facts or touched up versions of old stuff already out there, a few, have had legit data stolen. But yeah, they have to know its their own fault, but most didn’t seem concerned with the content, only that they data was stolen. Which I do get.