Apple Says Leak Of Celebrity Photos Wasn’t Its Fault

September 3, 2014  |  

When explicit, private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and other celebs appeared on the Internet over the weekend, attention immediately turned to Apple iCloud and the possibility that a vulnerability in that system laid out the welcome mat for hackers. But Apple says no way. The company says the photos were gathered by simply stealing passwords and other user information.

In a statement, Apple said, “After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on usernames, passwords, and security questions.”

None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone,” the statement continues. 

CBS This Morning says phishing may also be the culprit; users hand over personal information on a site that’s only posing as the secure webpage you thought you were visiting.

Other experts also suggest that users have to use stronger passwords. So no “ABCD123” or “password.” Moreover, if you’re using the same password for all of your accounts, you run the risk that one compromised account can open the door to others.

PC World suggests that, in the case of the celebrity leak, using a WiFi system could have also made personal information vulnerable.

The FBI is on the case, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this incident prompts lawmakers to consider stricter penalties for people who are found to have hacked into someone’s private account. And with suspicions that Home Depot is the latest retailer to have had customer credit card information breached, privacy and security are once again concerns for everyone. There is now a bigger push to move retailers and customers to cards that have a chip installed that will make hacking virtually impossible.

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