Apple China iCloud Attack

Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

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Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected

The Chinese government is currently staging an attack on Apple’s iCloud, according to Internet censorship monitor Greatfire.org. The report claims that this main-in-the-middle (MITM) attack is an attempt to gain access to the private information of Chinese citizens, including texts, pictures and contacts. The attack coincides with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China. More →

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iPhone iCloud Activation Lock Check

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first

By on October 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

Buying a used iPhone? Here’s how to find out if it’s stolen first

The new iPhone 6 models aren’t the only iOS handsets selling well, as many people are more than happy to purchase a cheaper used iPhone model. However, one problem with the used devices selling in various places is that they might be stolen, or still accidentally protected by Apple’s Find My iPhone features. In such cases, the active Activation Lock iOS security feature will prevent buyers from using an iOS device without using the original Apple ID and password in order to activate it. But iDownloadBlog has discovered that Apple released a new online tool that lets users check whether Activation Lock is active on an iOS device. More →

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Nude Celebrity Photo Leak

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

By on October 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Celebrities hit by ‘Nudegate’ iCloud hack may file $100M lawsuit against… Google?

There’s little question at this point that the recent round of nude celebrity photo leaks are Apple’s fault. Hackers supposedly used simple brute force attacks, which consist of quickly and repeatedly guessing different passwords for an account until one works, to infiltrate iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities. Hacks of this kind are quite old and a simple security measure that restricts access to an account when incorrect passwords are used too many times in a short span would have prevented the leaks, if brute force attacks were indeed the hackers’ weapon of choice.

But now, it looks like this huge ordeal could end up costing Google, not Apple, millions of dollars. More →

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iCloud Drive Bug Fix

How to avoid the horrible iOS 8 bug that could delete your files

By on October 1, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

How to avoid the horrible iOS 8 bug that could delete your files

Apple has had one headache after another over the past few weeks, spanning from the media circus that is “Bendgate” to a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update that bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Among all of these issues lies a fairly serious bug in iOS 8 that has been causing major headaches for users — but luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid the issue altogether. More →

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iOS 8 iCloud Drive Bug

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

By on September 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM.

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

Apple was quick to release an updated version of its latest mobile operating system after the iOS 8.0.1 rollout proved disastrous, but it appears that the company is still quite a ways from ironing out all the bugs. Last week, security research Stefan Esser noted that QuickType was offering up his unique passwords as autocorrect suggestions, and now MacRumors forum users are reporting that the ‘Reset All Settings’ feature on iOS 8 is deleting iWork documents from the newly-implemented iCloud Drive service. More →

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Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photos

It’s Apple’s fault that the world has seen naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

By on September 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

It’s Apple’s fault that the world has seen naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you have no doubt read about the massive caches of nude celebrity photos and videos that leaked recently. In fact, the odds are fairly good that you’ve even seen some of them, or censored versions of them at the very least. Hackers reportedly obtained the private images by gaining access to online iCloud accounts belonging to more than a dozen celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza and Jennifer Lawrence. Now, just in case Apple needed some more bad news, it has been revealed that Apple knew about the security vulnerability that led to the leaks at least six months ago, and it could have easily prevented them. More →

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Apple iCloud Nude Photos Leak

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

By on September 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM.

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

If you thought that the hugely successful iPhone 6 launch would help Apple move past the controversy surrounding nude celerity photos that were stolen from hacked iCloud accounts, think again. TMZ reported on Saturday that a fresh round of stolen celebrity photos popped up on 4Chan and included pictures of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo and Jennifer Lawrence. This marks the second major cache of nude celebrity photos that have hit the Internet following an earlier hack that included pictures of Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Upton, Mary E. Winstead and many others. More →

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Apple iCloud Security Features

The improved iCloud security features Apple promised are already here

By on September 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

The improved iCloud security features Apple promised are already here

Apple CEO Tim Cook promised in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that iCloud security will be increased soon, to prevent future leaks similar to the celebrities’ nudes scandal that preceded the iPhone 6 event. And, while the company failed to address iCloud security during its September 9th keynote, Apple has already rolled out two iCloud features including two-factor authentication, email notifications and app-specific passwords for iCloud assets. More →

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iPhone 6 and iOS 8 iCloud Security

Hackers can steal an astonishing amount of personal information in iCloud ‘Nudegate’ type hacks

By on September 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

Hackers can steal an astonishing amount of personal information in iCloud ‘Nudegate’ type hacks

During Tuesday’s big keynote address, Apple never once mentioned the iCloud-related scandal that occurred in the week before its iPhone 6 announcement. But although Tim Cook vowed to improve iCloud security in an interview soon after those celebrities’ nudes popped online, it looks like there’s still reason to worry. Ars Technica has published an extremely detailed look at how hackers can, or were able to, attack an iOS device without the user suspecting anything and retrieve a horde of personal data from iCloud backups. More →

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U2 Auto Download on iPhone and iPad

U2’s latest album is already on your iOS device because Apple told you it’ll put it there… sort of

By on September 11, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

U2’s latest album is already on your iOS device because Apple told you it’ll put it there… sort of

As rumored in the days preceding the Apple’s iPhone 6 event, U2 made an appearance at the highly anticipated keynote not only to perform, but also to announce that its latest album will be available as a free download to all iTunes users until October 13. What Apple didn’t specifically say is that it’ll force the download on all iOS devices – at least sort of – soon after the announcement, although in Tim Cook’s conversation with Bono, the CEO said that Apple could send the album to all of its iTunes subscribers, if “it gave it away for free,” thus making it the largest album release of all time. More →

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Apple iCloud New Prices

These are the new prices for Apple’s iCloud

By on September 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

These are the new prices for Apple’s iCloud

Shortly after the huge media event came to a close, Apple updated its website with some news that didn’t quite fit alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Starting now, Apple is introducing new storage plans for iCloud with better prices in order to stay competitive with Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive. More →

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Apple iCloud Security Breach

In the wake of massive nude photos leak, Apple adds another layer to iCloud security

By on September 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

In the wake of massive nude photos leak, Apple adds another layer to iCloud security

Apple has insisted that iCloud has no real security issues, although that hasn’t stopped the company from putting more security measures in place to keep its users’ data safe anyway. MacRumors reports that Apple is now sending out email alerts whenever you or anyone else tries to log into your iCloud account on a web browser. MacRumors notes that “the alerts are being sent out even if the specific browser has been used previously to access iCloud, but this is presumably a one-time measure that will not be repeated for future logins with that combination of browser and machine.” More →

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Apple iCloud Hack Fix

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Funny or Die has a solution for Apple’s iCloud woes

By on September 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Funny or Die has a solution for Apple’s iCloud woes

Quite possibly the biggest takeaway from the celebrity photo leak scandal from earlier in the week is that our information in the cloud is never as secure as we’d like it to be. No matter how much time and effort you put into protecting your data, there’s probably someone out there who can hack it. That’s why “Apple” (by way of Funny or Die) has decided to solve the problem once and for all. More →

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