The world has been buzzing with news of leaked nude photos circulating the Internet, which appear to be of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst. Even the FBI has launched an investigation of this embarrassing cybercrime. And although many reports are placing the blame on Apple, the company claims it is not responsible.
“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, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” Apple said in a statement issued Tuesday. “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.”
This comment is contradictory of a report published by Engadget, which said that Apple had recently fixed a bug that would have allowed hackers to gain access to a user’s private photos through iCloud accounts.
The scandal comes at an inconvenient time, just as Apple plans to unveil its newest iPhone model. Whatever the answer to this issue, Apple advises its users to take security measures and use a two-step verification process. However, some experts say that a glitch allows iCloud to be restored on a new device without having to undertake that process.
*Source: USA Today