Apple has come out to say that a ‘very targeted attack’ by a hacker cracked the codes to a cache of racy photos of Jennifer Lawrence and a bevy of celebrities that have leaked online.
In the latest twist in the breach-of-privacy scandal, Apple reports the nydailynews insisted the leak was not due to a flaw in its iCloud or Find My iPhone systems.
Told Apple via a released statement: ‘After 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.’
Company officials said they were ‘outraged’ when they learned that nude photos of 101 celebrities — Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco, Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and super model Kate Upton were pilfered by cyber hackers.
Reiterated Apple: ‘When we learned of the theft, we . . . immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source,’
“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.’
Countering Apple’s new statement, technology experts claimed hackers were allowed to repeatedly try new passwords for as long as it took to find the correct one, which raises the question of whether Apple failed to provide adequate security measures in its products.
While Apple has yet to zero in on the hackers responsible, it vowed to continue to ‘work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.’
Apple advised all users to ‘always use a strong password and enable two-step verification.‘
Apple’s update came a day after the FBI said it ‘is addressing the matter.’
That said some of the celebrities caught in the matter aren’t buying the results of Apple’s investigation.
Actress Kirsten Dunst, 32, posted a sarcastic tweet, writing, ‘Thank you iCloud’ followed by the emoji symbols of pizza and a pile of poop.
It has since emerged that the naked celebrity snapshots may have been on the Internet for weeks, and were part of a huge bidding game between forums and message boards.
In the days before the hacked images were uploaded to the 4chan image-sharing forum on Sunday, claims had been bouncing around on the Web that the photos were available, sparking a trading fury.
‘Some guys are hoarding MAJOR WIN, just saying,’ reads an Aug. 26 post on the AnonIB anonymous image board. Another post added, ‘I mean explicit vids and pics, see for yourself don’t have it tho, but everyone says its legit.’
And then there was this comment on the web that made me wonder:
So Apple released a statement about the theft of those photos and guess what? They said it was the users fault.
“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems.”
security expert Phil Lieberman, founder and president of Lieberman Software, said “Apple had poorly implemented security, This is like someone selling you a cheap lock. It’s pretty embarrassing.”
So you see people, once again, it’s your fault. You’re still holding it wrong.
They trying to weasel out of their responsibility. The system was conceived, designed and made by Apple. They are responsible!