A number of Apple’s online services were hit by slowdown and outages on Wednesday, with some users reporting slow performance, while other reported the services were completely inaccessible.
Users are experiencing issues with a number of iCloud-related services. The services have had issues since around 1:30AM Central Time.
If you know 24,999 people, and you’ve been worry about meeting a new friend because Apple has limited the number of contacts stored in iCloud to 25,000, feel free to mingle. The company has raised the limit to 50,000. Now start shaking hands.
It’s not bad enough that you may get your iPhone or iPad stolen, now you may have to deal with those same crooks trying to trick you into helping them unlock the stolen device!
Microsoft has updated its Office for iOS suite of apps, adding support for Apple’s iCloud to the Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps.
Apple has now opened up the browser-based iWork for iCloud productivity suite on beta.icloud.com to anyone with an Apple ID, no matter what system they run.
Apple just expanded their two-step iCloud authentication to cover FaceTime and iMessage. The Guardian reports that signing into an iMessage or FaceTime account will require users to input an authentication code from a verified device on any iCloud accounts that have two-factor verification turned on.
A new tool recently submitted to GitHub can allegedly perform password dictionary attacks on iCloud accounts, without being detected by Apple’s brute-force protections that are supposed to prevent such attacks.
The iCloud.com Photos app has disappeared from the site. The “Beta” app’s icon no longer appears on the main menu of the iCloud website.
While Apple’s two-factor authentication used to reset a password does provide additional security to a user’s Apple ID, it also makes it virtually impossible to reset your password or access your account in the event that your account has been hacked and you forget your recovery key.
The iCloud.com photos upload feature has emerged from developer-only testing, and is available to all iCloud.com users.
Apple has added the ability to upload images to its iCloud.com beta site for developers. The public site allows users to view, download, and delete their iCloud Photo Library images, but doesn’t currently allow uploading of photos to the library.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is reported to have met in Beijing with a top Chinese government on Wednesday to discuss user data security.
Apple confirms that it knows about the “intermittent organized network attacks” on Chinese iCloud users, but assures users that its own servers have not been compromised.
GreatFire reports that the Chinese government is targeting iCloud users in China in an attempt to access their login information. The attack, via the man-in-the-middle method, redirects users to a fake iCloud.com login page.
Apple has begun sending email reminders to iCloud users that a new security related requirement of app-specific passwords for third-party software that accesses iCloud data goes into effect on Thursday.