Apple Inc. (AAPL) iCloud Hacking: FBI Starts Probe Into Celeb Private Photos Leak


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iCloud being allegedly hacked has triggered a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a report from Bloomberg’s “First Up” discusses.

The investigation into the alleged hacking of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) service which led to the scandal comes after the leak of dozens of private photos of celebrities in the U.S. and the U.K. on Sunday.

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Among the most popular celebrities whose alleged risqué photos started being leaked over the weekend is Jennifer Lawrence. According to Bloomberg’s Zeb Eckert, the representatives of the three-time Oscar-nominated actress have contacted the authorities.

Eckert continued saying that hundreds of celebrities also appear to have been victimized in the purported hacking of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iCloud service which led to their private photos being compromised and posted online.

According to a report from Engadget, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has patched a security flaw which may have led to the alleged hacking of iCloud. Engadget said that a day before the photos were leaked, developers of a Github project called ibrute revealed that a bug in the Find My iPhone service was not immune to brute force hacking.

This means that a hacker can continue to use unlimited numbers of passwords until the correct password is discovered. When a correct password is found, an AppleID may become compromised and a hacker can use other means to invade accounts, the report noted.

#hackapp @DefconRussia AppleID bruteforce tool via FindMyIphone bug. Doesn’t lock AppleID.

— HackApp (@hackappcom) August 30, 2014


Meanwhile, Eckert said that the Associated Press first reported the involvement of the FBI into the hacking. Nonetheless, he noted that it is unclear where the attacks originated from.

Eckert added that this is alarming because a lot of people use iCloud to store their photos. Furthermore, he noted that this will negatively impact the company in the near-term as it is expected to unveil its newest iPhone this month.

Nonetheless, he said that in terms of the company’s stock price, people seem to be confident in the ability of the company to sell its product in spite of this controversy.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) investors includes Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital Lp, the hedge fund with the largest investment in the company. Icahn’s firm reported about 52.76 million shares in the iPhone maker by the end of the first half of this year.

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