Apple has shunned responsibility for the recent celebrity iCloud hackings, claiming its operating systems were not at fault for breach.
Following news that intimate photos of A-list celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst were leaked online via an apparent iCloud hacking, the tech giant has moved quickly to restore user confidence.
“We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities,” an official Apple statement read.
“When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilised 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, Apple says it 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.”
To protect against this type of attack, Apple advises all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on the company’s website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4232.