Apple knew about a brute force security vulnerability in their iCloud service six month before it was used to hack numerous celebrities’ accounts on the service. The company’s security team had been notified of the flaw in emails from independent security researcher Ibrahim Balic.
Just ahead of the launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, and the launch of iCloud Drive, Apple has put in place new iCloud storage plans and pricing. Customers can continue to get 5GB of storage free, or can store up to 1TB for $19.99 per month.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was quoted last week as saying Apple would be beefing up iCloud security measures as a response to the compromised celebrity iCloud accounts.
A forensics consult and researchers says that after analyzing metadata from leaked photos of Kate Upton, it appears that the photos were obtained using Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB) – software intended for use by law enforcement officials – which allows users to download a complete backup of all data on an iPhone once the iCloud ID and password have been obtained.
Apple has released a media advisory concerning the celebrity photo leaks over the weekend. The company says that after over 40 hours of investigation, their engineers have found that the leaks were the result of “very targeted attacks” on user names, passwords, and security questions.
Apple has confirmed that it is in the process of investigating if iCloud security breaches were responsible for the release of hundreds of private celebrity photos and videos over the weekend.
Apple’s iCloud services are down for many users, and look to have been down for over an hour as of this post.
Several reports from users earlier today indicated Apple’s iCloud Mail service was experiencing difficulties. Apple has now updated their System Status Page to indicate that some users are indeed experiencing an outage.
Apple had previously only encrypted emails sent between iCloud users, and the company has now added that encryption to emails sent between iCloud and third-party services for me. com and mac.com email addresses.
Apple’s system status page is noting that a small amount of users are experiencing an iCloud Mail outage. Apple reports the outage, which has lasted for over 17 hours, affects approximately 0.1% of all users. 9to5Mac reports that users affected by…
Yesterday we reported that a number of iOS and Mac users in Australia were reporting that their iOS devices and Macs had been remotely locked by hackers demanding ransom to allow access to the devices.
A growing number of Australian iOS and Mac users have found their devices have been remotely locked and are being held for ransom. Hackers have locked the devices remotely via iCloud, and the compromised devices are displaying a warning message offering to unlock the device if a ransom is paid.
Two hackers from the Netherlands and Morocco, claim to have compromised the security of Apple’s iCloud based Activation Lock system to lock iOS devices.
iWork for iCloud users will see an update to the online office suite today, as Apple has added a range of new features to their online versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.
Apple has updated its iWork office suite across all platforms today, including Mac, iOS, and iCloud. The iCloud versions were the first to get an update, and now the Mac and iOS updates are also beginning to show up.
A new report says Apple may be looking to expand iCloud in iOS 8 by debuting iOS versions of OS X apps Preview and TextEdit. These additions, along with improved tools for developers who wish to integrate iCloud into their apps, are expected with the debut of iOS 8 later this year.