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September 3, 2014

Apple dismisses security breach in iCloud celebrity photo hack

Apple is in an awkward position just days before the most anticipated launch of the iPhone 6.

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple confirmed reports of some celebrities’ iCloud accounts being compromised, while denied that it was due to breach of security systems.

Furthermore, the iPhone maker noted that ‘certain celebrity accounts were compromised in a targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet’.

Apple said: "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."

A reported compromise of the iPhone maker’s cloud storage service circulated photos of dozens of naked female celebrities on the web.

Hackers allegedly posted images of Hollywood celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and singer Rihanna on the forum 4chan before being circulated over social media sites including Twitter.

Since the breach, Apple has been criticised over its inadequacies identified in cloud and failing to secure the device and software through two-factor authentication.

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The latest breach comes just days before the most anticipated launch of the new iPhone 6 on 09 September, which had put it in a bizarre position of having to restore its image.

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