Tech Giant Makes Two Changes to Its iCloud Security in Response to Recent Hacks
By Christopher Mims
I believe Apple CEO Tim Cook when he says that he genuinely wants to protect iPhone owners. Much about the recently revealed harvesting of nude photographs of celebrities from cloud-based backups of their iPhones, backups they might not have even been aware existed, suggests that this attack worked in part because it never occurred to anyone at Apple that such photos would be so common as to attract hackers in the first place.
But that’s me being charitable. It’s also equally possible that Apple’s leadership or security teams long ago made the calculus that it was better to save Apple the expense and effort of creating a stronger security perimeter around iCloud, hoping that it would never become an issue.
And here’s why I feel comfortable saying something that cynical: Almost every security expert I spoke to in the course of researching this column was aghast that Apple has long left users of its iCloud backup service for iPhone so vulnerable.