(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – After a two day investigation, Apple has determined that the cause of the recent hack that leaked dozens of nude photos of celebrities was not caused by a breach of its iCloud services.
The Cupertino tech giant says that the massive photo leak was due to a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions,” adding that its iCloud and Find my iPhone systems were not compromised.
Many believe that the hackers used a brute force tool to access the images from various iCloud accounts by continuously trying different combinations of passwords on the Find my iPhone feature until a correct combination is found.
Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna, Lea Michele, and Kirsten Dunst were among the many celebrities whose nude photos were posted on Reddit and message board 4chan.
Below is Apple’s statement on the issue:
“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.”