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On August 31, an unprecedented celebrity leak scandal happened when nude pictures of over 100 Hollywood stars were published online.
The pics were first posted on a photo board platform 4Chan where anyone can post anonymously. It is still not known who uploaded the pictures, but officials pointed out that all the hacked celebrities used iCloud, the Apple cloud service. Apple Inc.
Apple Inc. said in a statement that some celebrities had their accounts compromised by a mass attack on “usernames, passwords, and security questions”.
“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.’’
Experts say that hackers were able to get access to the personal data stored on the cloud either by using Apple’s ‘Find my iPhone’ feature or hacking into their computers.