What Big Apples you Have!

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According to the MailOnLine, our Heroine Kirsten Dunst, the first one to apparently have recognized the Apple in the applesauce, is leading the charge against Apple for the iCloud hacks

Kirsten Dunst leads celeb anger at Apple over hacked photos

Spiderman star Dunst is the first victim to publicly criticize the tech giant after nude photographs of her and multiple other celebrities leaked online

The photos were obtained through Apple’s iCloud and published on 4chan
When activated, iCloud automatically stores users’ photos and data online
A flaw in its ‘Find My iPhone’ function reportedly undermined its security
Twitter is apparently shutting down accounts disseminating the pictures
Lawrence’s spokesman confirmed the nude photographs were published
Kate Upton’s attorney called leaked pictures ‘an outrageous violation’
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead confirmed the photos of her are real
But not all ‘nude’ photographs that have been published are genuine
Hacker claims to have images of other stars, which have not been posted

Kirsten Dunst has become the first celebrity to publicly criticize Apple after it emerged that a flaw in the ‘Find My iPhone’ function of its iCloud service may have helped an unknown hacker steal nude photos of her and ‘100 other celebrities’.

The Spiderman star tweeted ‘Thank you iCloud’ along with icons representing a slice of pizza and a pile of poo on Monday afternoon, the day after naked photos of her were published online.

The supposed hacker behind the scandal has claimed that they broke into stars’ iCloud accounts, including those of Dunst, Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Rihanna, before publishing them on 4chan, the image-sharing forum.

Hacked? A flaw in the ‘Find My iPhone’ function (right) of Apple’s iCloud service (left) may have helped the anonymous hacker to steal nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and ‘100 other celebrities’

Earlier today, The Next Web spotted code on software development site Github, that would have allowed malicious users to use ‘brute force’ to gain an account’s password on Apple iCloud, and in particular its Find my iPhone service.

A message has since appeared saying that Apple has issued a fix for the bug. ‘The end of the fun, Apple has just patched,’ read an update on the post.

Brute force, also known as ‘brute force cracking’, is a trial-and-error method used to get plain-text passwords from encrypted data.

Just as a criminal might break into, or ‘crack’ a safe by trying many possible combinations, a brute-force cracking attempt goes through all possible combinations of characters in sequence.

In a six-letter attack, the hacker will start at ‘a’ and end at ‘//////’

Owen Williams from The Next Web, who discovered the bug, said: ‘The Python script found on GitHub appears to have allowed a malicious user to repeatedly guess passwords on Apple’s “Find my iPhone” service without alerting the user or locking out the attacker.

‘Given enough patience and the apparent hole being open long enough, the attacker could use password dictionaries to guess common passwords rapidly. Many users use simple passwords that are the same across services so it’s entirely possible to guess passwords using a tool like this.

‘If the attacker was successful and gets a match by guessing passwords against Find my iPhone, they would be able to, in theory, use this to log into iCloud and sync the iCloud Photo Stream with another Mac or iPhone in a few minutes, again, without the attacked user’s knowledge.

‘We can’t be sure that this is related to the leaked photos, but the timing suggests a possible correlation.’

Source:MailOnline

Blackjack

I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • razrrob

    Found this in Sundays’ New York Times crossword puzzle-

    Apples’ idea of ‘Security’ (5 letters)

    PATCH

    • Reverend Grim

      Lmfao!
      But you seem to be right… how many attacks this year? 7? why use a band aid when heart surgery is the only way to fix this problem?

  • jrohland

    Which is why BlackBerry knows you don’t want one company running everything, like Apple and Google do. Microsoft is far down that road as well. If someone cracked my BBID, they would be able to annoy me but not access my content, or even access my locked phone. Since I have several different cloud services, (all of which have random passwords and 2-factor authentication), I am quite comfortable storing content outside of my Z30. I assume governments have access to all cloud storage. As I can’t do anything about that, I am forced to accept it. I would like BlackBerry to give me an option to encrypt my cloud content with my phone key.

  • Anthony

    This could be the event that makes people “wake up” and taste the BlackBerry locco_smiley_25

    • Blackjack

      I don’t know how many times I’ve thought that, but I still have a feeling the iPhone 6 will sell in record numbers…..

  • I’m glad some of the celebrities are pointing the finger at Apple. I think if Apple 1) misrepresented the level of privacy their users can accept, and/or 2) if those users had a reasonable expectation of privacy, then there may be some civil liability on Apple’s part. For sure the celebrities were harmed. I mean some of those people thought they had deleted the photos. I’ll bet many had no idea the photos were even on the “cloud.”

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