It now appears that the "iCloud" hack was indeed a hacker who gained access to individual phones and accounts one at a time. Each victim was targeted and each victim had a (you guessed it) easy password. Once the hacker gained access he would store the information and go after another. After a failed attempt to sell the photos he then decided to release the photos in order to show his skill set.
Please folks, get a proper password. If you need help, refer to this article.
Smart Tech...Smart Results.
First, I have to mention that its not confirmed if the celebrity photos that were posted on the internet are in fact all real. Some celebrities have claimed that the photos are fake and other celebrities don't even use iPhones. Other celebrities have admitted the photos are indeed theirs and they were stolen.
Then there is the question if the photos came from the users phones or from their iCloud account. All of these things are unknown at this time.
What do we know? Apple uses 128 bit encryption when uploading or downloading anything from the iCloud servers. Hacking from this direction is unlikely. Its most probable that a variant of the "Find my iPhone" hack, which was posted on the internet a couple days before the theft took place, was modified and then used to break the users passwords and gain entry into either the phone or the Apple servers. Again, the best theory at this time.
In the meantime, what can you do to prevent data from being stolen from you.
- Don't put anything on your device that would be embarrassing.
- Use a strong password, see a previous article about this here.
- Use some kind of protection on your device. There are several to choose from, having something is better than nothing.
For more see our local news report on the issue.
Smart Tech....Smart Results.