Apple denies iCloud, Find my iPhone at fault in Celebgate hacks

On Tuesday, Apple denied that the hack that exposed naked photos of over a dozen celebrities was the result of vulnerabilities in their software.

“After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have 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,” the brief statement reads. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone.”

The statement adds that the company is “continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.”

At the end of the brief media advisory, Apple recommends enabling its two-step verification feature. As the Daily Dot has reported, Apple’s own instructions for the feature practically send the opposite signal.

H/T Business Insider | Illustration by Max Fleishman

Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.