The online photo dump included the private images from iCloud accounts of more than 100 women, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Though not every alleged victim has confirmed the authenticity of the pictures, the event has the Internet in a tizzy.
Apple has just issued a statement after the integrity and security of their accounts were put into question. There are lots of theories on how this could have been done, but it was obvious that a huge amount of time were put to it.
Apple appears to be denying any form of responsibility for what happened, although it says it was "outraged" to learn of the breach. It spent 40 hours investigating the situation and concluded:
"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone."
Apple is continuing its investigation and working with law enforcement officials to uncover more information.
Here’s Apple’s full statement:
”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.”