Jeniffer Lawrence, Kate Upon, Kirsten Dunst and Ariana Grande have been involved in a massive leak of nude photos that took the internet by storm. Amidst the frenzy over the photos, the leak poses a deeper security concern especially among Apple users. According to recent reports, the massive leak may have taken a few months to take but it boils down to one thing: it was a possible iCloud attack. As people blasts Apple for the incident, Apple denies responsibility saying it was not the company's fault and no systems were breached. What really went down?
According to Business Insider, the photos initially appeared over 4chan giving access to users across the globe over hundreds of celebrity new photos. Buzzfeed obtained an official statement from Lawrence's publicist saying: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
The photos were released via anonymous posts. While there have been a number of theories as to how the photos got into the hands of the leakers, the most prominent is Apple's iCloud hacking. Apple has issued a statement over the allegations saying that their systems were not breached.
Despite saying it was "outraged" over the matter, Apple refuses responsibility over the matter according to Business Insider. The company has started an investigation about it already. Street Insider obtained a media advisory from Apple about the matter:
We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved. To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website athttp://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.
In another report by the Daily Mail, Spiderman actress Kirsten Dunst became the first celebrity to speak about the matter. The celebrity blasted Apple about it security protocols. Dunst tweeted "Thank you iCloud" together with a number of icons depicting a pizza slice along with a pile of poo. The tweet was posted a day following the incident.
Apple has yet to complete the investigation on the matter.