Apple to beef up iCloud security alerts after celeb photo hack

Apple plans to bolster its iCloud security measures to prevent the hijacking of accounts like that associated with last weekend’s release of a large cache of risque celebrity images, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal.

Cook told the newspaper that customers of the online storage service will receive an email alert and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore data to a device not already associated with the account, or tries to login to an account with an unrecognized device. Previously, iCloud customers would receive an email alert when someone tried to change their account password or login from an unrecognized device; no notification was sent for data restoration.

The move, which will be instituted in two weeks, comes on the heels of several several nude images of celebrities being posted on to the image-based bulletin board 4chan. The images — apparently taken from iCloud accounts belonging to actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, recording artist Ariana Grande, and others — quickly spread across the Internet on social media.

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