MacDailyNews Take: The photos weren’t “leaked,” they were stolen.
“Apple moved Tuesday to address reports that surfaced over the weekend that the leaks of the photos could stem from a bug in its iCloud storage service that allowed potential hackers to try an unlimited number of passwords until they stumbled upon the correct one,” Wakabayashi and Yadron report. “Apple said there is a limit on the number of incorrect passwords an iCloud user can enter before its system locks the account. The company declined to specify the exact number of incorrect attempts that would trigger an account lockdown. ‘None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud,’ Apple said in its statement.”
Wakabayashi and Yadron report, “Apple suggested that users make sure they have a strong password and they enable two-step verification—a security feature that requires users to first type a password and then perform a second step, such as typing in a code received by text message.”
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MacDailyNews Note: Use two-step verification for Apple ID to keep your personal information as secure as possible. More info here.
Always use unique passwords, do not reuse passwords for different services, and use Apple’s Keychain Access and iCloud Keychain to create and manage them. When used properly, this system works like a dream.
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