Story 2014-09-07 2S48 Apple improves iCloud security

Apple improves iCloud security

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Apple has decided to up its game, but is it too late for them and the icloud brand, or is it only the users who will suffer?

The security problems that allowed the celebrity photos to leak was, Apple said, found between keyboard and chair (not in those words), iCloud has added extra security features to their popular file storage medium.
The changes come in the wake of the recent leak of a large number of photos from celebrity accounts, allegedly from hacked iCloud accounts. Apple previously released a statement denying any breach within its systems, but admitting that celebrity accounts were compromised by attackers using standard phishing techniques.
Apple may have the technical chops to tighten up security, but it can't (probably) remediate the intrinsic risk in using cloud services, no matter how convenient cloud service may be. Let's see if this changes the public's opinion of cloud backup over all, which has until now been on the rise.
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SpiderOak (Score: 1)

by on 2014-09-07 09:16 (#2S49)

I've been using spideroak and like it - discovered it because it used to come in the opensuse repository and I was looking for a backup solution (not necessarily cloud based).

They're more expensive than most, but your stuff is encrypted on the cloud. You could still be compromised via a brute force password attack probably, so the original PICNIC problem remains a weak point.

Me, I do my serious backing up to a local NAS. Want my data? You're going to have to make it past my dog, and odds are against you.

Re: SpiderOak (Score: 1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-09-08 12:21 (#2S5B)

You're going to have to make it past my dog, and odds are against you.
I think with the right technology (a gun), a brute force attack against your dog might have a good chance of success ...

The problem cannot have been between keyboard and chair (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-09-08 12:18 (#2S5A)

The problem cannot have been between keyboard and chair, because iDevices don't have a keyboard.