Apple - Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation

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Apple Media Advisory Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation

We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. 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. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at

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***** Moderator's Note *****

I /hope/ that Apple did more than "40 hours" of work on this issue.

I also /hope/ that the company reassigns whichever PR flak thinks 40 hours is a sufficient interval of time to have worked on this, or any, security problem.

Bill Horne Moderator

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Monty Solomon
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Why? Once they figured out what happened, should they have kept investigating just so they could publish a larger number?

A "sufficient time" is whatever it takes to solve the problem.

I recently found a bug in a program that resulted from a simple typo. If I fixed it in 5 minutes, did I not take a sufficient interval of time? I recall the user being very happy that I did it so quickly, not castigating me for not putting in enough effort.

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Barry Margolin

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