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Apple's iCloud hacked, nude celeb photos posted

Launched in October 2011, iCloud was reported as having around 320 million users in a July 2013 set of figures from Apple. The service is used to automatically store data - including music and pictures - from iOS devices, making the task of synchronising data file sets between mobile devices a lot easier. It also allows iPhone users to easily migrate their files to a new handset as and when Apple releases a new device. Apple has not made any comments on the celebrity photo postings, but some celebrities are claiming their pictures are fakes, although Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are reported as saying the pictures are real.

According to the International Business Times newswire, if the hacker isn't lying and the pictures were stolen from iCloud, "then it is highly unlikely that the hacker was able to breach Apple's security in general but targeted specific victims using a combination of social engineering and inherent flaws in Apple's system."

The newswire notes that there are there are three main methods open to the hacker - social engineering, cracking the password or use of Apple's `forgot my password' route, the latter of which can be compromised using a combination of a celebrity's email address and other data obtained relatively easily online. The solution for anyone worried about iCloud security, concludes IBT, is to turn on two-step verification for an iCloud account, requiring users to supply a four-digit PIN - sent to the trusted device - when accessing the account from a device other than on trusted devices such as an iPhone. Trend Micro's security evangelist Rik Ferguson agrees that a wide scale hack of Apple's iCloud is unlikely, but a targeted phishing mail sent to a number of celebrities, enticing them to enter their iCloud credentials onto a fake login page "would do the job just as well as any more complex hack."

Ferguson says that there are lessons for all users of the Internet from this emerging saga, including that if any online service offers options that increase your security, users should enable them.

"Even if you feel that turning on two-factor authentication may be slightly more inconvenient for you when logging in, I'm willing to bet that a compromise of a service at the heart of your digital life will be considerably more so," he said, adding that users should not re-use their passwords on multiple systems.

Finally, Ferguson says that deleted may not always mean deleted, as some of these victims are discovering. Users should, he adds, familiarise themselves with the online services they use and work out if backups or shadow copies are taken and how they can be managed.

"In this case it seems that some of the victims may have believed that deleting the photos from their phones was enough, perhaps forgetting about Apple's Photo Stream," he explained.

Ensuring personal data safety

Alex Fidgen, group director with MWR InfoSecurity, says that - as the story emerges - everyone (and not just celebrities) should be ensuring that their personal data is safe, regardless of what type of data or who they are.

Creating personal photos, he explained, can create a certain amount of risk, meaning that Internet users should stop storing their most sensitive data on cloud services, and should also be aware that many devices will automatically upload photos and received messages to the cloud as a backup service.

He says that users should also use two-factor authentication, as well as choosing secure and unique passwords. Finally, Fidgen advises that users should not be tricked into giving out their password and, if you receive an email from a service trying to get you to log in, never click the link, instead open a new browser, go to the service as you normally access it and log in from there to attempt to resolve the issue. "It is easy for attackers to create very realistic emails and websites to trick you into logging in," he said. Eduard Meelhuysen, EMEA vice president of Netskope, meanwhile, said that corporates who think their company isn't using iCloud should be aware that employees probably will be. "Apps like iCloud - which are predominantly aimed at consumers - are such an essential part of users' lives that blocking their use within a business environment isn't really an option. But as this breach shows, iCloud is far from infallible, and there are many questions around security that need to be addressed," he said.

"To protect sensitive corporate data, organisations need to understand what data is being moved into iCloud and what users are doing with that content. Rather than block iCloud, or any app for that matter, organisations should try to shape usage by stopping risky behaviours such as the upload of personal identifiable information or the sharing of sensitive content outside of the company. That way you can mitigate risk while enabling the use of cloud in your business," he added.

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Part 3.1 of iCloud hacks celebs image leaked even as celebrities to sue Google for $100 million

This time it is Hollywood celebrities Amber Heard, Lake Bell, Lizzy Caplan and Gabrielle Union whose images are leaked by the ‘iCloud Hacks’ leaker. This leak which is unlikely to be Part 4 of the iClouds hacks as there are only four celebrities who feature in this particular leak.  But all in all,  there seems to be no end in sight for celebrities leaks this season.  The images uploaded included the screenshots of these celebrities and comments in the Reddit thread suggest the leaker was going to release more pictures. However the Redditor has also put a disclaimer that he/she is no way related to leaker and they are posting images as the images get leaked.

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Celebrities prepare to sue Google for $100 million

A report published by the business related website, Business Insider published a report today stating that the Hollywood celebrities are planning to sue the search engine Google for not removing the images as soon as they were reported to Google.

A dozen of celebrities whose naked images were posted online have reportedly signed up famous Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer.  Upon representing the celebrities, Singer has dashed of a letter to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Chairman Eric Schmidt, threatening to sue them for $100 million if they don’t remove the naked photos of his clients that were posted online after the iCloud hack.

Also Read Part 2 of the celeb iCloud hacks, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens compromising pics leaked

Readers may note that over hundred celebrities are likely to be affected by the now famous iClouds hacks.  The hackers are who have reported amassed a huge cache of celebrity images,  used a flaw in Apple’s password recovery system to gain access to  iCloud backup files of the Hollywood stars. As of now upclose and personal images of Hollywood stars, Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Vanessa Hudgens, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgen, Avril Lavigne, Aubrey Plaza, Hayden Panettiere, Mary-Kate Olsen, Lake Bell, Avril Lavigne, Kaley Cuoco, Leelee Sobieski, Cara Delevingne,  Anna Kendrick, Misty May-Treanor, Alexandra Chando,Kelli Garner, Brook Burns, Lauren O’Neil and now Amber Heard, Lake Bell, Lizzy Caplan and Gabrielle Union  have been leaked by the iClouds hacks hacker. It is not known which of these celebrities Marty Singer is representing.

Letter to Google

In his letter to Google, Singer has accuses the Search giant of “making millions from the victimization of women” and engaging in “blatantly unethical behavior.” According to Singer, takedown requests were sent to Google days after the celebrity photos leaked online. Apparently the images have not been removed from YouTube and Blogger, and Singer has accused Google of failing “to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images.”

Also Read Part 3 of the celeb iCloud hacks, Cara Delevingne, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence pics leaked

Page Six a Hollywood news website says that it has seen the letter. Singer has also written that his firm, Lavely & Singer sent a notice to remove images four weeks ago, and a dozen more since, but many of the images are still on Google sites BlogSpot and YouTube. The letter states,

Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights … Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations.

Singer’s letter goes on to compare Google’s failure to remove the images of Hollywood celebrities as shameful as the recent Ray Rice assault scandal.

DMCA Take Down requests

Many others have joined the bandwagon to criticize Google. Kate Upton’s boyfriend, baseball player Jason Verlander, sent DMCA takedown requests to Google asking the company to delist sites that host the naked photos.  Torrent Freak has also reported that Google reportedly rejected nearly half of the iCloud Hacks takedown requests.

However it is very cruel to blame Google for the Hollywood star’s own foolishness.  Apple’s Tim Cook has already clarified that said that celebs iCloud accounts were compromised due to their own mistakes. He said the Hollywood celebrities were either victims of phishing scams or had had their passwords stolen because hackers had guessed their security questions correctly Apple had earlier this month confirmed there had been a “targeted attack” on “certain celebrities,” rather than a widespread security breach affecting all users.

To be fair to Google, its staff don’t choose what the search engine turns up on the net. The system is an algorithm that simply detects what other people have published and puts up the results.

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