Certain celebrities had personal photographs stored on iCloud accounts hacked because of Apple’s “Find my iPhone” application. According to reports, this online service was exploited, giving hackers an opportunity to gain access to private photographs, which have now been leaked on the internet.
The “Find my iPhone” application initially received rave reviews, especially by Hollywood stars who lead extremely busy and private lives but now, it has created a lot of trouble for these same individuals. Unfortunately, a tremendous amount of damage has been done even in light of Apple announcing that a patch of the exploited application has been executed.
Compromised Celebrity Accounts
In just one day, private and some very personal photographs have spread throughout the internet. The anonymous hackers claimed to have snatched photographs from approximately 100 compromised iCloud accounts belonging to famous stars such as Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and many others.
Just a day prior to the photograph incident, an AppleID code was uploaded to GitHub, a code-hosting website. This very code created vulnerability with the Apple “Find my iPhone” sign-in page, making it possible for hackers to use a multitude of passwords in an effort to gain access but without ever being locked out. By using bruteforce password techniques, the hackers successfully guessed correct passwords designed to provide user protection.
With the bruteforce tool, an attack would be impossible unless the user’s name for the iCloud account was known but in today’s society, email addresses are extremely easy to obtain since they become public whenever used, thereby making it easy to identify associated names. Thankfully, the exploit patched by Apple now locks hackers out when trying to use bruteforce techniques as a means of gaining account access.
Is there a Link between the Code Release and Snatched Photos?
At this time, experts and law enforcement officials cannot confirm that the AppleID password situation and hacking of personal photographs from celebrity iCloud accounts are connected or merely happenstance. However, with the code release and photograph hacking coincidentally timed, it certainly suggests some type of link exists. If a connection is proven, Apple’s near perfect reputation for blocking viruses and hackers will be heavily tarnished, especially with the upcoming iPhone 6 reveal.
In addition to celebrities having their privacy and personal photographs invaded, there is other proprietary information associated with iCloud accounts. This includes scheduled calendar events, contact information, email addresses, actual emails, and much more. For this reason, this hacking job is being taken seriously and investigations are ongoing.