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Tim Cook: Apple to beef up iCloud security

Published by on Sep 5th, 2014, No Comments

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In light of recent events, Apple has decided to beef up their iCloud security – just so naked photos of famed celebrities leaking on the internet can not be solely blamed on Apple security.

Following the massive celebrity photo leak last weekend, that was said to be hacked form the A-listers’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that the company will be putting new security measures in place regarding their cloud storage service.

In his first interview after the hack, Cook spoke on the subject, but still maintained that the current iCloud security did not compromise the affected accounts. Cook said that no Apple ID or passwords were leaked from the company’s servers, but that third parties accessed the accounts using either the correct username and passwords or through a phishing scam.

However, the hack did seem to be somewhat of a wake-up call for Apple, as they are now putting more security measures in place.

Cook said that the new security measures include alerting users to activity on their iCloud accounts.  (more…)

Apple says iCloud security not breached in celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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After the weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, Apple has released a statement saying that the leak did not occur because of a breach in Apple security systems.

In a statement released yesterday, the company said that they immediately set their engineers to work after they were informed of the hack.

However, after what they say was “40 hours of investigating”, their engineers found that the leak did not happen because of a lack of security in either iCloud or Find my iPhone.

As we reported yesterday, some believed that the hack may have been pulled off through the Find my iPhone service. This is because, up until recently, the service allowed for an unlimited number of password attempts. Many speculated that the hacker(s) used new software called iBrute, that basically initializes a ‘brute-force’ attack on certain accounts, trying different password combinations until it finds the right one.

However, because Apple fixed this issue – allowing for only 5 password attempts now – this possible theory has been ruled out.

Apple said that they are continuing to work with law enforcement to track down the person responsible for the hack. The company also said that they believe the accounts were compromised because of a targeted attack on usernames and passwords – “a practice that has become all too common on the Internet”. (more…)

Apple, FBI investigating massive celeb photo leak

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

Hack attack

As you may of heard, a massive hacking attack was carried out over the weekend, targeting more than two dozen celebrities’ personal cloud storage accounts.

The attack apparently leaked hundreds of intimate, graphic photos of A-list celebrities, which has left them with egg on their face and has raised big concerns about the privacy and security of cloud storage.

The private images of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, were posted to online public messaging boards 4chan and Reddit. The alleged attacker claimed that he or she has more photos and was asking for donations in either real money or Bitcoin to release more images.

It is believed that most of the images were hacked from the celebrities’ iCloud accounts, which, of course does not look good for Apple.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said in a statement that Apple is ‘actively investigating’ the report and that they take user privacy ‘very seriously’. However, Apple is not the only party getting involved in the investigation.

According to the BBC, Jennifer Lawrence – who seems to be the most affected by the hack – requested an investigation into the matter and now the FBI is getting involved.  (more…)

iWatch rumoured to cost around $400

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, 4 Comments

iwatchWith the rapidly approaching Apple event on the 9th of September every iFan around wants to know what will be presented, when will it be available and most importantly what will it cost me? All of the latest rumours agree that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 (both models) as well as the iWatch on their 9/9/2014 event. Whilst the smartphone prices should be in line with competitors and previous releases it is still unclear what kind of hole the Apple wearible tech will make in the consumer’s pocket. Now some credible sources have come to the party… (more…)

Apple launching the iPhone 6 and iWatch on Sept 9th

Published by on Aug 28th, 2014, No Comments

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September is shaping up to be a massive month for mobile devices once again. We were already expecting the new 4.7-inch iPhone to be launched on this date, but new reports suggest that we will also see the reveal of the much rumoured iWatch. (more…)

Apple patents flexible display tech that mimics physical buttons (video)

Published by on Aug 27th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Apple has a new patent granted by the United States Patent Office that describes various control mechanisms that could be used with flexible displays, to replace components such as physical buttons with more durable and resilient alternatives. (more…)

China Telecom accidentally leaks iPhone 6 image on Weibo

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 5 Comments

iPhone 6 leak Weibo

Well isn’t this a fortunate accident. According to various Chinese reports, China Telecom has accidentally leaked an official looking image of the iPhone 6 on Weibo – China’s version of Twitter.

The image is the first of the supposed official iPhone 6 images. And while there is (naturally) still speculation concerning the image, it is the most official looking picture we’ve ever seen.

Adding fuel to the flame that it is, in fact, an official image, is the fact the China Telecom subsequently deleted the post. Obviously, they realized their mistake, and tried to cover it up.

However, as we all know, once you put something up on the internet, someone will always find a way to save it.  (more…)

iPhone 6 to include 128GB storage options

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Some people have likened the choice of which iPhone variant to choose to something a bit more dramatic to reality, but we can understand their opinions. With Apple blindly sticking to the ‘no expandable storage’ mantra, some have said that the price difference between the different storage option isn’t quite worth it with Android devices offering expandable microSD slots which will cost you a lot less.

Usually the 16GB model is akin to other flagship phones when it comes to price and the larger storage options much pricier than its competition. (more…)

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