James Vincent reports in the Independent on concerns about the security of cloud storage after claims that hundreds of naked photographs of celebrities have been leaked following an apparent hack of Apple’s iCloud service. One celebrity, Jennifer Lawrence, has confirmed that the photographs of her are genuine.
If active on an Apple device iCloud automatically stores photographs, e-mails and other information online allowing it to be accessed from any internet-connected computer.
It is not yet confirmed if iCloud was the source, although metadata contained in the image files confirms that the vast majority of of photographs were taken using Apples devices. How the hack was undertaken is also not clear, although the article quotes security experts suggesting either a recently released iCloud hacking program, or an employee accessing the accounts and creating a “private stash” that was subsequently hacked by another individual.