Apple issues a stark iCloud security warning, stops short of naming China

Apple issues a stark iCloud security warning, stops short of naming China
Apple issued a stark iCloud security threat warning on its support page on Tuesday, indicating that its venerable cloud service has been under organized attack from malicious sources. The warning basically says not to key in your Apple ID or other credentials on a website that presents with a security certificate warning in your browser.

The company didn't mention China in the posting, but a bunch of Apple device users there have been clamoring at the local blogosphere that they are seeing certificate warnings when they try to log into iCloud, indicating a "man in the middle" type of attack, aiming to snatch your ID and password. 

Some even suspect that the Chinese government is behind these malicious intermediary sign-ins, which would surprise exactly nobody. This is why Apple issued the iCloud sign-in warning, posting pretty pictures of how the certificate warning looks like in each browser. We'd listen, especially if you are a celebrity that has a bunch of fun pics stored in their iPhone or iPad. Here's the full text of Apple's iCloud security bit:

source: Apple



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks for reporting. Will make sure to be a little more careful for now. What is this group looking to gain? My photos of construction projects and the say at the park? My notes on how much concrete will cost me in bulk? Drafts of my invoices? My junk mail? There's no payment info on iCloud... No passwords to my bank account.... Is this all really for nudie photos of unsuspecting house wives or uncle Tom?

2. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

If the Chinese government is indeed involved, I would wager a guess that the only ones who'd need worry were Chinese citizens...

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Is there a report if it's geographically based, or did I miss that in the article above?

4. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

As far as I have read, complaints have come from Chinese users, and it seems the Chinese government is believed to be the culprit...

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

yeah, it broke a few days ago that China is using the Great Firewall to perpetrate a man-in-the-middle attack against Chinese citizens trying to access iCloud. As scummy as the NSA is, I'll take them over this kind of garbage, any day. It's about time that China, who has really contributed nothing but cheap labor to the world was put in its place. They condone, and even encourage, IP theft, they do things like this, and they manipulate their currency to keep markets favorable for themselves. They are a wannabe superpower with a third-rate military and a production-oriented economy that could be replaced by more than a few nations. It's time to bring them back down to earth.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

China's main 'contribution' to the global economy has been in the area of labor cost arbitrage, and global manufacturers have been only too happy to participate. Otherwise, China has operated a classical mercantilist trade model. Time for the rest of the world to wake up and not go along to their detriment.

9. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I can argue for the military. I could argue for hours. And they already are a superpower. And if you hadn't mentioned China, I would have first thought of America, as I do live there.

5. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Just because you haven't stored any sensitive information like passwords, nude pics and the like on iCloud doesn't mean that it's the rule. There are millions (not sure - maybe thousands) of people using iCloud. Those people may or may not have stored sensitive information. That's jackpot right there.

7. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

its a blanket attack, they're not targeting you individually. They're targeting the whole system with the hopes that something useful will show up, or maybe it's just for practice.

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