Apple Inc. has released a statement that there hasn’t been any security breach on iCloud or Find my iPhone, which resulted in the nude photo leaks of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Kim Kardashian.
“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.” Apple Inc. said, in a statement released on Tuesday.
Cupertino giant also advised its customers to use secure and stronger passwords and also make use of the two-step verification, wherein a four-digit verification code is used in combination with the Apple ID of the customer.
Earlier, Jennifer Lawrence had contacted the concerned authorities over these leaks. Her spokesperson Liz Mahoney shared, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
These nude photos were posted on the image sharing community 4Chan, from whereon it became viral appearing on widely used social platforms like Twitter, Reddit, etc.
“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. She further added, “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.”
Earlier this year in April, Find my iPhone application was criticised after an online video showed how phones with iOS 7 and iOS 7.1 could be tampered with, making recovery of the iPhone impossible. The mobile burglar had to tap on ‘Next’ to Find My iPhone and Delete Account button in iCloud at the same time and then shut the phone. On switching the phone one, the burglar was able to remove the iPhone associated iCloud account without entering a password.