Apple knew about the iCloud security flaw 6 months prior the nude celebrity photo leak

The media buzz around the recent celebrity photo hack has begun to calm down over the past weeks, but a new wave of accusations have just poured more oil into the dying fire, which will surely bring it back to life pretty quickly. As you surely remember, a security flaw, most probably in the Find My iPhone security feature, allowed a certain cracker to leak numerous nude photos of a whole galaxy of celebrities to the world wide web.

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, later addressed Apple's users about the existing security issues that led to the unfortunate hack, but could have Cupertino acted earlier and circumvented the breach? Recent accusations say so.

Just today, Ibrahim Balic, a security expert, revealed that he had found the existing loophole more than 6 months ago, back in March. Allegedly, he successfully tested around 20,000 passwords against certain Apple accounts, brute-forcingly guessing the correct ones. Being the good-willed security pundit he is, Balic quickly reached up to Apple and reported his discovery.

At first, Cupertino's security team collaborated with the expert on ironing out the weakness, but after a month or so, its threat level got decreased and any further work seemingly stopped. "Do you believe that you have a method for accessing an account in a reasonably short amount of time?", one of the security eventually addressed Belic with disbelief.

As a prove for his accusations, Balic provided screenshots about his correspondence with Apple. You can check them out right below. Meanwhile, another security weakness was allegedly discovered on iOS devices - it allows built-in app browsers to keylog your login credentials. Mind your security.

source: The Daily Dot via AppleInsider



1. mturby unregistered

stars should sue u then, for 1 billion.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Exactly my point. They knew it was a possibility, they should have issued at the very minimum a warning. Apple this I must admit was pretty shady... +1

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They can sue all they want, but apple's TOS leave them off the hook for any security breaches. I doubt they'll get anywhere.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Your statement angers me... because it's probably true... sigh

39. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Yeah right they knew it all along. They always will. A questioned though. If they knew it all along why not enhance your security? And now apple pay, if security breach happens again they'll say they knew it from the beginning . Good luck apple lover.

22. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012


38. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Exactly, there is no way I would trust Apple with credit card #'s and bank accounts.

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When it rains it pours.....Apple cant catch a break right now. The iPhone 6 sale records is almost forgotten

9. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Sales is all that matters to Apple. As long as the iCash is flowing in, innovation, quality, reputation, goodwill and customers can take a hike!

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Personally I'd like to thank Apple for this rather than condemn them.* *though technically there's much talk of this being a general attack that got material from multiple devices, not just Apple ones.

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Oh apple....smh....but thanks for sharing pix with the world ;-) ha

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013


6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Of course they knew. But why would they rush to do anything about it when 99.9% of Apple's fans are loyal to the point of defending them in the face of their screw up?

7. palmguy

Posts: 988; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow. That ain't good. Hmmm, will this damage the Apple name? Tune in tomorrow....... :) I miss webOS :(

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

And i miss save by the bell.... :(

18. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

And i miss my pet monster.... :(

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thank you. :)

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They knew about the security vulnerability. But their desire to see Jennifer Lawrance nekkid was stronger.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The password was 12345 (same as on my luggage).

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013


24. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Haha yes!

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Keep firing a$$holes!

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bell curve. Apple reached it's peak. Now its going down.

15. DaMaster

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

you guys should get slapped. WE OWN Celebs and their bodies. the only reason we want to see them naked is bc we made them into rich famous ppl , Give up the millions and then you can chose not to be seen naked. Would they rather be rich and nude or poor and a no body? ask Kim K she chose to be nude. Well Ray J chose for her.

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If I'm not mistaken you're championing a form of prostitution, if not slavery. You sound like the people who think they have the right to know absolutely everything about a celebrity. They do a job and get paid for it, end of story. You also pay your mechanic to fix your car, and he wouldn't be a mechanic if he didn't have people like you paying him to do so. So does that mean you have the right to see him naked as well?

16. fatTony

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I doubt this revelation will do much to impact sales this holiday season.

17. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I bet they won't give their iPhones up. I'm a Windows Phone fan but doesn't Android get bashed for this sort of thing? Apple always gets passes. We'll all forget about this story in a week.

21. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012


23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn... poor Tim Cook just can't catch a break. Yeah, iPhone 6 sales have reached records not yet seen, but I don't really recall an iPhone launch met with so much negative publicity, even the celebrity photo hacking which wasn't even related to the phone or iOS update just came at a really poor time, and now this! All eyes were on him during this launch, he has to be feeling the heat.

25. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

How can Apple Pay be succesful now,they are just driving us round the "BEND"

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