On August 31st, , Apple should have been getting ready for its biggest week of the year. A new iPhone was set to be announced the next week and all rumors pointed to the introduction of the much-anticipated iWatch. Instead, Apple was dealing with the fallout of a massive celebrity photo hack that involved around pictures of mostly nude female celebrities being released to the public. We hear about major systems being "hacked" several times a year, with companies ranging from Sony to Target to T-Mobile being the victims of a massive hack. And, of course, millions of customers being the true victims. In these cases, hackers generally either break into the systems remotely, use some type of hardware device at the actual store to steal information or have someone within the corporation provide the details needed to hack into the system. The "iCloud Hack" didn't fall into any of these categories. In fact, iCloud wasn't hacked. The individual accounts of the celebrities were hacked.
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I have not heard of iCloud being hacked as yet and I monitor security bulletins on these things from multiple sources. It is possible however that the actual hack did not take place against iCloud, but rather, another website from where login credentials were obtained and then tried on sites like iCloud. With most services using an email ID as your username today, hackers don't even have to try and guess at your identity in most cases, and the same credentials can often work across multiple sites. Su Gim Goh, Security Advisor Asia for F-Secure which was recently in the news after it published a report about Xiaomi handsets sending users' data to China without seeking permission , was in Delhi on Monday to discuss F-Secure's biannual threat report, tells NDTV Gadgets that at this early stage, he doesn't think the hack took place at iCloud at all.
Once you have access to their Apple ID, you can access recent photos and back-ups if they have these features enabled. Here are a few of the 21 security questions you can choose:. That got me past the first two steps on the password reset site.
On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and internet users referred to under names such as the "fappening" a portmanteau of "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and "Celebgate", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity. The leak also prompted increased concern from analysts surrounding the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. The images were obtained via the online storage offered by Apple 's iCloud platform for automatically backing up photos from iOS devices, such as iPhones.