Apple on iCloud leak: Security will be tightened but celebs must share blame

Following the leaking of many private photos of celebrities by hackers, Apple has finally responded, saying that it will introduce new, stricter security measures to keep its customers’ data safe in the cloud, but has still put the blame on users of the iCloud.

Although Apple have admitted that the iCloud accounts were hacked, they maintained that the true fault lay in poor passwords and phishing scams used to obtain individuals’ log-ins- not within Apple’s own security.

This response has been criticised by the security community, who have said that Apple may not technically be to blame, but it was the holes within its systems that gave the hackers the opportunities they needed to take the data.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is been quick to address the criticisms, and has told the Wall Street Journal that in the future Apple will alert users via emails and push notifications if someone is attempting to change their password, copy their iCloud data or log into their account from a new machine- the three major flaws that are thought to have been used by hackers to steal data.

But these alerts will only show up if users have the extra-security measure known as ‘two-step verification’, turned on. This would link a user’s iCloud account to their mobile, so that if there is any new activity, Apple can check this with the user by texting a code to their mobile.

“When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” Mr Cook said. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”

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