Apple’s Insecurities About iCloud

Apple ready to get their spin on
Apple ready to get their spin on

Apple, to be forever known now as Fapple, has given mixed signals in the last few days. We all know the story by now. Celebrities very private photos have been made very public. The initial story, by those that were trading the photos said that they came from iCloud. At which point, Fapple did what anyone would have expected, and stayed quiet. But as the pictures continued to circulate, and more continued to appear, Fapple said that they were investigating.

Fapple apparently has some very fast investigators!

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.

Way to go Fapple! Beloved celebrities now have photos that they never wanted any prying eyes to be seen, now being used as wallpaper on computers around the world, and Fapple spent over 40 hours investigating! Let’s keep in mind that Apple is outrageously profitable, and they spent over 40 hours of paid labor to investigate these claims! What more could we ask for? How about a common sense answer? “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of [F]Apple’s systems”, so Fapple’s systems worked as expected? This is how they want their systems to work?

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Earlier today, I saw the above tweet. So obviously some poor souls are falling for Fapple’s spin. Unfortunately, Mr. Wehner’s logic is flawed. And he is quite obviously just the type of consumer that Fapple is hoping for and catering to. You see Mr. Wehner, if I stole a credit card number, I would need a name, an ID, perhaps those three magical numbers on the back. And I’m sure if I made a purchase of that type for that amount, the credit card owner would be receiving a call to verify that purchase before it went through. You see, there are things in place to stop such things happening. It’s called security. But let’s say for instance, I was making a much smaller purchase online. So ID would not be required. No one would be there to check my ID. And let’s say that I didn’t have those three numbers, so I guessed. And I started at 001 and worked my way up to 999. What would happen, would be after a handful of tries, that credit card would be locked out. That is a relatively basic security function. You find that everywhere. Even on small little fansites like this one. Where you won’t apparently find that? Fapple! Such a basic security function, that apparently Fapple doesn’t have set in place.

And yet Fapple says that they weren’t breached. Obviously, they think they’re secure. This is just something that can be skimmed over and business as usual right? Wrong. Even Fpple seems concerned with their own security now. In a not so public way, Fapple seems to have made an admission of sorts.

You see, yesterday Fapple added a new line to their developer guidelines for their Healthkit.

Apps using the HealthKit framework that store users’ health information in iCloud will be rejected

Now why do you think that is? In the midst of the “Fappening” as Apple denies any wrongdoing, and are continuing to stand by the security of their products, they choose to tell developers that they may not store users heath information on their iCloud. Now, keep in mind that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has very stringent rules, and a leak such as the Fappening would carry not just financial repercussions, but also criminal charges.

It is time we use something that Fapple does not want us using, that they count on us not using, common sense.

Sources: UTB blogs, Business Insider

Special thanks to: @JAISWAL_ACE and KCXLT

Brad

BlackBerry Elite
Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs and UTB Geek.
When I’m not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you’ll find me using my BlackBerry.

  • ray689

    So nothing is wrong with our iCloud and its perfectly secure but you can’t use it to store health data because that would get us in trouble. Makes perfect sense….lol.

  • Reverend Grim

    My good sir… Bravo!
    Let em have it!
    Fapple… Crapple… what ever they are now called need to do something now, a band aid for something that needs major heart surgery isn’t enough!

  • Poita316

    Nail, meet hamer. Hamer, meet nail.

  • Blackjack

    Smash!! Crushing piece Brad. Bring them to their knees. Eventually UTB will be well known as the go to place to learn the facts about both BlackBerry and Fapple. And is that you hiding in the corner little robot that eats kitty cats and jelly beans? You’re next!

    • Poita316

      We will all know UTB started this!
      But, as we all know too well, there will also be those who’ll go “Told you so” whom we will expose as liars :)
      I ofcourse refer to our iFans at BGR, or some of the shady characters at (I smoke too much) CrackBerry. Okay, plus a heap of “journalists” and tech “experts” too.

  • BB Racer !!

    Since, everything Apple does is with the customer in mind and I hope that’s true let’s call this iCloud response from Apple ” iBandAid “.
    Now as BlackBerry user I have a professional life as a Risk Manager, my free advice to Fapple, Government Financial Payment Regulators, Police Investigators, Health Insurance Regulators , Consumer Protection Agencies, is to have Apple stop any services connecting to their iCloud . That means Health Kit, iWallet and any enterprise servicing consumers via the iCloud…to be STOPPED ! Also Fapple should set up a $20B fund call it the iBandAid Resolution Trust used to compensate any personal damages caused by this suppose secured iCloud Platform !

    FYI : Media and Apple Users , BlackBerry has already been running a secure payment platform in Indonesia called BBM Money with a company called Monitise servicing Big and Small Enterprises in Indonesia . They have set-up a secured payment processing partnerships with all the three big Canadian Mobil Carriers, Major Canadian Banks and with Visa and Mastercard , and have taken ownership with a healthcare solutions company called NantHealth. These BlackBerry partnerships have been setup with one key focus in mind called End to End Security to service the customer !

    NantHealth : http://nanthealth.com/about-us/who-we-are/

    Enstream Mobile Payments : http://business.financialpost.com/2014/06/12/blackberry-ltd-in-deal-with-enstream-on-mobile-payments-system-for-rbc-td-and-cibc/?__federated=1&__lsa=6799-409e

    BlackBerry BBM Money and Monitise : http://www.monitise.com/news/press_releases?id=725

  • razrrob

    Perfect timing Brad! Yesterday I was involved in a mini Twitter war with a Dev (olaf_d) who kept repeating the mantra, the iCloud is secure and never been hacked.

    In a nutshell every pic taken on an iPhone is automatically sent to iCloud, unless you opt out of this service. By deleting pics from your phone they are still in the iCloud – this fact has been reported by UTB in 6 separate blogs and is no revelation. oaf_d is stating that the hackers did not breach the iCloud, they breached the ‘backup of the iCloud’ by utilizing Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker (EPPB). From what I read semantically he is correct but the outcome is still the same – a users private information/data is accessed via questionable means (aka ‘hack’) by someone who should not have access to it. Furthermore, if fApple has so much faith in the security of the iCloud why did fApple release the statement you quoted in your article?

    This is the reason UTB exists to promote the BlackBerry brand we hold near and dear AND to correct the misinformation spewed out my the media and clueless sheeple.

  • Canuckvoip

    Great read Brad.

  • RedFoxOne

    And what’s more, Mr Wehner, is that even if you bought a yacht using my credit card, I could call and explain to my credit card company, and I’d get my money back along with a new card. Can the celebrities get their private pictures back? No.

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