How celebrity photos hacked and leaked after Apple patches iCloud security gap


The day after private and nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and other Hollywood celebrities were leaked online, Apple has reportedly patched a security gap that could have allowed hackers to access iCloud accounts.It was reported that the vulnerability was exposed on the code hosting site Github. It says developers discovered that Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature could be compromised by so-called brute force attacks which try password after password until the right one is found to unlock an account. From there, the hackers might have been able to figure out a user’s Apple ID and access their iCloud storage. Github says Apple has fixed the problem.However, it is not clear whether this is the same, or the only security flaw that allowed hackers to scoop up the photos of Lawrence and 20 other Hollywood celebs. As stated in our earlier post, some of the photos appear to have come from different devices and may have been accumulated over a long period of time. Continue reading

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