Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Ariana Grande are among the high-profile celebrities who apparently fell victim to a massive alleged iCloud hack late Sunday night, when someone exposed collections of nude photos that they had purportedly saved on their Apple devices. What iPhone owners might not realize is that they may have already told Apple to back up all of your photos on its iCloud servers. It's easy enough to enable the "My Photo Stream" feature — then forget that it's running in the background, uploading every picture you take. If hackers gain access to your iCloud account, they could easily download all your photos without ever laying hands on your iPhone or iPad. And as we've seen time and time again, hackers can and do obtain passwords and break into such accounts. Apple hasn't commented on the leaked photos yet, so there's no way of knowing for sure whether the company's iCloud service was to blame.
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As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend , blame for the scandal has rotated from the scumbag hackers who stole the images to a researcher who released a tool used to crack victims' iCloud passwords to Apple, whose security flaws may have made that cracking exploit possible in the first place. That software is sold by Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft and intended for government agency customers. Apple's security nightmare began over the weekend, when hackers began leaking nude photos that included shots of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst. That gives the intruders access to far more data, he says, including videos, application data, contacts, and text messages. On Tuesday afternoon, Apple issued a statement calling the security debacle a "very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions. But the conversations on Anon-IB make clear the photo-stealing attacks aren't limited to a few celebrities. And Zdziarski argues that Apple may be defining a "breach" as not including a password-guessing attack like iBrute.
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It is believed a number of personal photos of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister have been accessed in the unlawful hack, including images of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In a statement issued by her lawyers, Ms Middleton confirmed her account had been unlawfully accessed. Her representatives say the hackers are trying to sell the private photographs to publications.
Every now and then, we hear that a celebrity has had their photos leaked by a hacker, and we all become paranoid that our own pictures are about to get broken into by an evil tech expert. This is useful for accessing photos on other devices, or having automatic backups if you lose your phone — but it also makes it easier to have hackers access and leak your personal images. Photo Stream will need to be switched off on all devices you want protected. A lot of websites require users to have a password with at least eight characters, a number, and both an upper and lowercase, and this is a good rule to follow.