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China’s media and tech giants show no restraint in posting hacked Hollywood nude selfies

A quick trawl through the biggest news portals on the Chinese web show the leaked photos posted in full by supposedly reputable sites.

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Apple tells developers that apps cannot store HealthKit data in iCloud

Apple has updated the privacy policy for its HealthKit service to make it clear to developers that their apps cannot store user information in iCloud. Just last week, it amended the policy guidelines to explain that health data should not be accessible to advertisers. iCloud is currently making headlines for the wrong reasons, after hackers reportedly gained access to private photos belonging to celebrities via Apple’s cloud storage service. Apple yesterday rejected claims that its system had been compromised — it says the thefts were a result of “a very targeted attack” on celebrity accounts using their usernames and passwords. The guidelines have also been updated to provide…

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Philippine senator Aquino wants to help freelancers – here’s how you can help yourself

Senator Aquino wants to improve the freelancing industry – here’s how you can improve as a freelancer.

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Why Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

apple-transparency-security It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for… Read More

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Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 5.58.00 PM One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More

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Hackers are reportedly using a ‘law enforcement tool’ to download users’ iCloud backups

While Apple has denied that its iCloud service was at fault in last week’s leaking of nude celebrity photos, Wired is reporting that attackers are using a forensic tool marketed for law enforcement officials to download backups of victims’ iCloud accounts. Writer Andy Greenberg spent time on the Anon-IB anonymous image forums researching the techniques that hackers are using to gain access to private photos. One such tool is Elcomsoft’s Phone Password Breaker (EPPB). Elcomsoft calls its software an “ideal solution for law enforcement and intelligence organizations,” but it has gained popularity among users trying to steal private data from…

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Apple says iCloud wasn’t breached in celebrity photo leak, individual accounts were targeted

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After an internal investigation, Apple is claiming that its iCloud and Find my iPhone services were not compromised in a recent mass leak of private celebrity photos. Here’s the company’s media advisory: 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…

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Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Hacking

 Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. …

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