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?
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.
Special thanks to: @JAISWAL_ACE and KCXLT