Hackers Exploits Apple’s iCloud to Leak Celebrity’s Nude Photos
Apple is looking into reports that iCloud vulnerabilities were exploited to hack into accounts.
Apple Inc. is actively investigating the reports that may prove that the company’s iCloud service was exploited to hack the accounts of celebrities, leading to the publication of nude photos and videos.
Initial media reports suggested that the hacks stemmed from individual accounts on iCloud, an online service to store photos, music and other data from Apple devices.
[blockquote cite=”Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris”]
We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report
A user had discovered a bug in Apple’s Find My iPhone service, which tracks the location of a missing phone and allows a user to disable the phone remotely if it is stolen. The bug allowed a hacker to keep trying passwords until identifying the right one.
Most online services lock down an account after multiple incorrect password attempts to prevent this type of so-called “brute force” attacks.
A large cache of risque images – some said to be real, others fake — The images were said to have been taken from the iCloud accounts of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and recording artist Ariana Grande, and have since spread across the Internet on social media.
Another actress, Mary E. Winstead, said on Twitter that the hackers grabbed photos she took with her husband last year in their home and that she had since deleted. Actress and singer Victoria Justice said from her Twitter account that the supposed nude photos were fake.