Celebrities iCloud Photos Hacked, How it Was Done?
Following a massive leak of nude photos of Oscar award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence along with several private photos of various celebrities, people have began questioning the credibility of iCloud.
An unknown hacker has claimed accessing the actress’ private photos captured using her smartphone via iCloud – Apple’s flagship cloud storage service. The said hacker is also promising to upload more explicit pictures of the celebrities in exchange for the BitCoin. However, the technology giant has yet to comment on it.
While most of the leaked nude pictures of these high profile celebrities are mostly courtesy of decent Photoshop skills; adjoining face of the celebrity with a torso of a naked woman, the spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence has stated that all of her photos are indeed hers and anyone who will post them online will face a serious prosecution:
This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.
On the other hand, Victoria Justice whose private photos have also been leaked has confirmed that those photos are clearly photoshopped and not hers:
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended.*
While Apple has yet to comment on how the photos were leaked, we have a couple of educated guesses. Since iCloud requires a Username and Password, there is a meek possibility that this leak has something to do with ‘Forgot my Password’ which lets the user receive an email on the associated account which can be accessed by anyone with decent knowledge of hacking.
Another thing that this hacker might have done is guessing the ‘Security Questions’ which also lets one access someone’s email account.
For all of you who are concerned about their privacy, everything on iCloud from images to videos can be removed if you chose to do so! In order to do this, head over to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage and delete anything that you want.
Announced back in 2011, iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based storage service which lets iPhone and iPad users to wirelessly sync their data between their devices and cloud storage which will become accessible anywhere using the unique Username and Password.
Are you still satisfied with the security Apple is providing or would you rather settle for something else? Let us know in the comments below!
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