Eventhough Apple claims that its iCloud and Find my iPhone services were not breached following the nude celebrity photo leaks, Tim Cook, the CEO of the Cupertino company has just announced that they will be beefing up the company’s security.
In his first interview on the subject, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said celebrities’ iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to obtain user IDs and passwords. He said none of the Apple IDs and passwords leaked from the company’s servers…When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” he said. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing. — The Wall Street Journal.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Tim Cook says that Apple will be adding several changes in its iCloud very soon to include email and push notifications to alert users when someone tries to change their iCloud password, restore data to a new device, or add a new device to an account. When any of those actions are performed, users will receive a notification whereby they can respond by changing their password or alerting Apple of a possible breach.
Apple will also expand its two-factor authenticatino to cover access to iCloud accounts from a mobile device. The company claims that majority of users to not use two-factor authentications, which is why the company will be working more aggressively to encourage people to activate that in the upcoming version of iOS due later this month.