"Outraged" Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach

Apple claims iCloud not breached as part of attack on celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton

Apple on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the hacking of dozens of celebrities' cellphones that exploded over the weekend as actual and fake nude photos spread across the Internet. Apple says its iCloud service was not breached.

Nevertheless speculation about the breach has put cloud services such as Apple's iCloud into a spotlight they'd rather avoid following the exposure of private photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.

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Here's what Apple had to say about the incident on Tuesday afternoon:

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 at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232

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