In the wake of the release of several candid celebrity photos, Apple vowed to increase iCloud security. Whoever got hold of and distributed those photos is believed to have done so via Apple’s iCloud, which was trusted to be more secure than has been proven. A new alert is an early attempt at delivering on the promise of added security measures, but is it enough?
Apple's Tim Cook has finally spoken up regarding the recent scandal that rocked its iCloud service. The Chief Executive promised that the company will implement new alerts to notify users when something seems amiss on their iCloud accounts, while at the same time still categorically denying the company's complacency in securing users' data.
This Internet circus doesn't seem to have an end in sight just yet. Now a new player, or rather scapegoat, has entered the arena. Hackers who leaked compromising photos of Hollywood actresses are now believed to have used Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker or EPPB, a forensics software designed exactly for extracting user data from Apple's cloud service and, ironically, supposedly used by government and law enforcement agencies.
The hacking of celebrity accounts and the theft of explicit photos of a number of female stars has become even more serious, with word that at least one of the women was underage when the leaked pictures were taken. Several sites hosting the photos - which have already prompted an official statement from Apple early today, about the role iCloud played in their theft - have been notified that, in some shots, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney was under the age of 18.
This afternoon, Apple has made an official statement on their investigation of "the theft of photos of certain celebrities." They make clear that when they "learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source." For those of you just learning of this leak of explicit photos, please head back to our safety guide for iCloud, Facebook, and Google+ as well.
This week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like, but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take whatever photos you like without having them leaked to the public.
It was an unfortunate weekend for a handful of celebrities, with an unknown hacker on 4chan posting a plethora of photos -- some explicit -- of various well-known individuals in exchange for Bitcoin. Details on how, exactly, this individual came to acquire the content isn't yet known, but many have been quick to peg Apple's iCloud as the source.
This week its become official: Apple is using China Telecom data centers to extend iCloud storage of user data. China’s Telecom platform began being utilized by Apple on August 8th, this after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" according to China Telecom.
Apple Maps has seen its share of issues, but Apple has slowly been working those kinks out over time. Now that Apple Maps is vastly better, it seems as though Apple might be ready to lean on it a bit more. The Find my iPhone feature in iCloud has been reported by many to be using Apple Maps — not Google Maps as it has been.
Apple’s iCloud was always a handy back-end utility, but hasn’t quite made its presence felt in the cloud storage discussion. To that end, Appel announced iCloud Drive at WWDC, which acts more like the cloud option we have with various other services. Another step in the iOS 8 beta rollout suggests iCloud Drive will be available from the web.
WWDC 2014 is over, and while it may not have brought us new hardware, it did give iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite their official reveal, key software launches in Apple’s master plan. As is so often the case, though, the devil is in the details, and in among the developer sessions a picture of context, device ubiquity, and cross-platform identity gradually made itself clear; one which could have huge implications for Apple’s upcoming push into wearables.