Following what is arguably the biggest digital exposure of private and personal nude photographs of up to one-hundred high-profile celebrities, Apple announced that it plans to keep hackers out of users accounts by adding additional security measures.
In addition, Apple is planning to extend its 2FA (two factor authentication) feature for when mobile device users login into accounts in the iCloud service, in an attempt to prevent further intrusions.
Apple Security Develop New Update
Tim cook, Chief Executive of Apple said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Apple intends introducing more security features with its users’ online accounts, and he stressed that users must be vigilant and alert to risks posed by cyber criminals. He added that we can’t leave everything to the service providers.
“We want to do everything we can do to protect our customers, because we are as outraged if not more so than they are,” said Tim Cook.
Apple will be issuing alerts to users through email, and push notifications when a users’ account password is changed; when someone restores iCloud data to a different device, or when for the first time the users’ device logs into an account.
It’s intended that this change to widen security will come into effect with the launch later this month of the new iPhone. Hess security improvements will allow users to enable a second layer of authentication for logins to iCloud from both iPads and iPhones.
Two-Factor Authentication Enforce
Together with an ID and password, Apple users who have two-factor authentication implemented will now be required to use a PIN code sent by SMS to the device, or a long access key which would be generated at the time of signing up.
Because security was breached by the recent celebrity photo scandal, Apple is really trying everything to protect its users’ information.
Nude Selfies Of Celebrities Leaked
Over this past weekend, private and personal photographs of possibly 100 celebrities, including Kristin Dunst, Jenny McCarthy, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, Mary E Winstead, and swimwear model Kate Upton, appeared on the notorious bulletin board 4chan, and on the anonymous image board AnonlB.
It was suggested in initial reports that in some cases miscreants stole nude selfies which were stored on the victims’ iCloud accounts, in addition to other locations.
However this week Apple advised that none of the cases they investigated indicated that there was a break of Apple’s own systems. They believe the leaks were the result of everyday web mischief and not due to any security vulnerabilities in the iCloud system.
Users Must Take Some Responsibilities
Mr Cook feels that the cyber criminals accessed iCloud account of these celebrities by correctly answering security questions in order to access usernames and passwords. And unfortunately, in other cases the celebrities accounts were able to be hacked because users disclosed login details to hackers as a direct result of phishing schemes.
Speaking about users; Mr Cook argues that users shouldn’t depend entirely on the company for security: they must also take responsibility for their own accounts.
“When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” added Tim Cook. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”
With Apple launching the new iOS 8 operating system next week, users will now have access to all these new changes. Mr Cook advised that the new two-factor security feature will be available to users for iCloud mobile backup accounts.