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Hackers expose celebrity photos stored on iCloud

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Over the years we have heard plenty of stories where celebrities have been targets for hackers. Usually it is a case where their laptop or mobile device has been stolen or social media accounts being breached. These attacks are most always focused on just one or two celebrates. What was shocking about the attack that took place yesterday it affected over a hundred celebrates at one time by breaking into iCloud.

"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said in a statement.

The individual or group found a vulnerability, in the cloud, that could be exploited. They probably then used a “brute force” attack using a program that searches for passwords and downloading them to who ever put the program in place. This person or group then used the passwords to break-in to the cloud accounts of the 100+ women and placed their nude or semi-nude photos into the public domain.

"The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter," the FBI said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."

Many people might not think that something like this could them since their account is on this cloud that gives you a sense of security. Even though a cloud conjures up visions of something that can't be reach and is 100% safe the truth is far different. A cloud is just a term used for for external storage and anyone that creates a cloud account should take the same type of precautions they would use for any other account they set up on the web:

  • You should make sure you have a strong password that contains a mixture numbers, letters and special characters.

  • You should use a secondary verification if it is offered and a growing number of sites are now offering such verifications.

  • Never write down your passwords where others can find them or give them to anyone.

  • Never use the same password for multiple accounts.

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