Apple to offer more iCloud security options, says CEO

While CEO Tim Cook denies iCloud’s servers were breached in a coordinated attack that led to dozens of celebrities’ nude photos being posted to the internet, he acknowledged to the Wall Street Journal that more stringent notifications are necessary when attempting to restore backup data to a new device.

He said that the cause of the iCloud breach was a combination of the successful acquisition of users’ security question answers and phishing email links; iBrute, the exploit that allowed for an unlimited number of password guesses when access the iForgot API at a command line, was also likely involved.

Cook says that in the next two weeks, Apple will begin issuing push notifications and emails to users accessing various sections of the iCloud ecosystem. For example, password changed and iCloud restores will prompt a warning on both an iDevice and over email.


Daniel Bader

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