As discussed yesterday, nude photos of celebrities weren’t the only things that the hackers got access of, address books, personal texts and GPS coordinates were also made available to the public. Today, Apple released a statement in which it revealed that there was nothing wrong with iCloud, there was no glitch that made the hack happen, but in fact, the iCloud celebrity account attack was targeted.
iCloud Celebrity Account Attack was Targeted
Apple released a statement in which it said that the attack on iCloud was targeted towards specific people; it was also understood that the attack was not on iCloud in general, but on those celebrities in particular.
Here is a part of the statement Apple released following their investigation:
We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. […] 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.
The company continued to advise people to make stronger passwords and enable two-step verification.
Many people are saying that this is a pretty bad move on Apple’s side and that this is like saying it wasn’t me, and I promise I’ll never do it again. What Apple got wrong is that it’s not the user’s passwords that aren’t strong enough, but their systems. The iCloud’s vulnerability is the issue here, not the passwords.
What are your thoughts on the fact that Apple says that the iCloud Celebrity account attack was targeted and had nothing to do with iCloud being vulnerable? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.