On Monday we saw what has to be one of the most historic breaches of celebrity privacy we’ve ever seen. A large amount of private and compromising photos of many A-list female celebrities were posted on 4Chan. According to the poster the images were obtained from Apple’s iCloud servers.
After the photos had been leaked Apple responded in a brief statement saying that they were actively investigating the the issue. Well it looks like that investigation is over and according to Apple they are not to blame for the leak.
In a statement issued today Apple denied any security flaws in the iCloud system that may have led to hundreds of celebrity photos being posted online. Below is Apple’s official statement on the issue:
“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.”
On top of this many celebrities have stated and have been seen using Android devices.