Apple has had a rough week and is seeing stock prices tumble after some female celebrities’ iCloud accounts were hacked and nude photos leaked online. Now Tim Cook is offering new measures for iCloud users in hopes of preventing future occurrences, though Apple maintains the breach was not due to a flawed iCloud.
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.
To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time.
Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple device; there were no notifications for restoring iCloud data.
These new features should be coming to iCloud users sometime in the next few days and Cook is hoping this measure will bring some positive vibes back to Apple. The iPhone 6 and iWatch announcements are just ahead on September 9th and these public relations issues are certainly a black eye on what is traditionally a positive time for Apple. What do you think of these new iCloud security alerts? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.