IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Apple steps up account security following celebrity pics leak

Tim Cook reveals plans are afoot to tighten up account security in the wake of this week's celebrity picture leak scandal

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple is planning to send out security alerts to iPhone and iPad users whenever an attempt is made to change their account passwords, in the wake of this week's iCloud controversy.

The consumer electronic giant's CEO Tim Cook revealed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that plans are afoot to make it harder for hackers to access users' accounts.

Apple users will soon receive email and push notifications whenever an attempt to change their password occurs, or if a request is made to restore iCloud data to a new device.

Alerts will also be sent out whenever someone tries to login with their Apple ID from a previously unknown Apple device.

Cook also told the publication that Apple will be taking steps to encourage more users to activate two-factor authentication on their devices when iOS 8 drops in the next few weeks.

Furthermore, he said more needs to be done to raise awareness within the Apple user base about how to lockdown their devices, in light of this week's scandal about leaked celebrity photographs online.

As reported by IT Pro earlier this week, hundreds of private pictures belonging to female celebrities, including Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, were published online without their permission.

Industry watchers were quick to point the finger at Apple's online storage service iCloud for the leak, claiming the pictures ended up in the public domain because hackers managed to breach the system.

Apple went on to staunchly deny this claim, and said the leak was the result of a "targeted attack" on its usernames, passwords and security questions, not an iCloud breach.

In apparent reference to this, Cook said: "When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece.

"I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That's not really an engineering thing."

The changes are to be introduced within the next two weeks, Apple added.

Featured Resources

Three ways manual coding is killing your business productivity

...and how you can fix it

Free Download

Goodbye broadcasts, hello conversations

Drive conversations across the funnel with the WhatsApp Business Platform

Free Download

Winning with multi-cloud

How to drive a competitive advantage and overcome data integration challenges

Free Download

Talking to a business should feel like messaging a friend

Managing customer conversations at scale with the WhatsApp Business Platform

Free Download

Recommended

Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) review: A giant leap for Apple silicon
tablets

Apple iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) review: A giant leap for Apple silicon

30 Sep 2022
Apple patches yet another zero-day flaw in substantial security update
zero-day exploit

Apple patches yet another zero-day flaw in substantial security update

13 Sep 2022
Apple breaks update policy to secure older iPhones and iPads against zero-day
zero-day exploit

Apple breaks update policy to secure older iPhones and iPads against zero-day

1 Sep 2022
Apple expands Xcode Cloud platform with launch of paid subscriptions
software development

Apple expands Xcode Cloud platform with launch of paid subscriptions

31 Aug 2022

Most Popular

Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway
mergers and acquisitions

Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway

3 Oct 2022
BT's new platform promises to slash AI development time from months to days
artificial intelligence (AI)

BT's new platform promises to slash AI development time from months to days

3 Oct 2022
How to secure your hybrid workforce
Advertisement Feature

How to secure your hybrid workforce

23 Sep 2022