Apple has admitted that its iCloud service was the source of the leaked photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence but has denied there is any underlying problem with the service.
Apple’s iCloud storage service was believed to be the source of the photos that were leaked earlier in the week, with many wondering if the services had been hacked through a fault in the programme.
However, Apple said that after 40 hours of testing since the incident came to light, it had discovered the attackers used very specific methods to break into the victims' accounts, but this was not the fault of iCloud.
“When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilised Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us,” it said in a statement on its website.
“We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on usernames, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the internet.
“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone.”
Apple said it is working with law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI to identify the criminals behind the hack.
The incident has raised yet more questions about the security of cloud services, with some speculating that the celebrities in question may not have realised photos taken on their iPhones were automatically being backed up to iCloud.
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