“It rarely matters what happens in the tech business,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “Far too many alleged media analysts and reporters will devise a scheme to get Apple involved. And even when they appear to be involved, the truth may be different from it may seem at first glance.”
“So we have those predictable reports in the wake of the reported hacking of the accounts of a number of celebrities, and the posting of their private nude photos. It was all about Apple and iCloud,” Steinberg writes. “How could they possibly allow this unseemly behavior to happen? It couldn’t possibly be the fault of people who aren’t taking steps to protect their stuff. Ahead of what may the most important product intros in the company’s history, Tim Cook’s dynasty was in disarray.”
“Apple certainly took it all seriously, and went about investigating what happened. At the end of the day, though, they announced it was not about any lapse in iCloud security. It was about the people who don’t show appropriate caution in putting their stuff online,” Steinberg writes. “So this celebrity attack was against some entertainers, not the service. If they used Android or Windows Phone, with their own connected cloud services, it wouldn’t matter. They’d achieve the same results because the passwords were most likely insecure, and that’s the major problem. But the media wanted to make it about Apple.”
“Now I haven’t really gotten into the conspiracy theory about how all this came about, coincidentally, the week before Apple’s media event to launch the new iPhone and perhaps the iWatch and other products. Curious indeed!” Steniberg writes. “One of our readers suggested that Samsung might be behind this dirty trick. Perhaps, perhaps not… I wouldn’t care to suggest which company might be responsible for this sorry episode, or even that any Apple competitor was involved. The timing, however, is surely curious.”
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MacDailyNews Take: iCloud the focus of a massive, orchestrated FUD campaign via the release of attention-grabbing naked celebrity photos that were reportedly collected over time, but finally just happened to be released en masse a few days before Apple is expected to announce a health-related wearable and a new mobile payments platform, both of which depend upon two of Apple’s hallmarks, security and privacy?
Stranger things have happened and continue to happen.