Tech experts are now saying weak passwords gave hackers the chance to access private pictures thanks to a software glitch. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities whose private pictures were leaked online may have had their Apple's iCloud passwords stolen by hacking software. Pictures of Jen and other celebrities were posted on anonymous message board 4Chan yesterday, infuriating the stars and their management. Within hours Twitter was awash with hundreds of thousands of tweets about the photographs which are also alleged to include Brits Michelle Keegan, Cara Delevingne, Cat Deeley and Kelly Brook. The script was posted to software site GitHub, but a message has since appeared saying that Apple has issued a "patch" or fix for the bug. According to the post, the script uses the top most common passwords approved by Apple in order to try and gain access to user accounts. If successful, it would give the hacker full access to the iCloud account , and therefore photos. Owen Williams from technology site The Next Web, who discovered the bug, said: "The Python script found on GitHub appears to have allowed a malicious user to repeatedly guess passwords on Apple's 'Find my iPhone' service without alerting the user or locking out the attacker. Experts have pointed to the weakness of many internet users' passwords and basic security knowledge as being the cause for the widespread leak. Other notable services include Dropbox and Google Drive, which enable users to keep more of their files close to hand without taking up huge amounts of memory on their devices.
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In early September , Apple was preparing to announce a massive iPhone upgrade: bigger iPhones than anything it launched before. But just a few days ahead of the press iPhone 6 press event, an iCloud security scandal broke out. Nude pictures belonging to Jennifer Lawrence and many other celebrities leaked online, originating from iPhone backups. Apple explained at the time that its iCloud security was not breached and that hackers probably employed phishing schemes to obtain the usernames and passwords from their victims. Now, 18 months later after the scandal, we finally find out what happened. And it turns out that phishing attacks were indeed used to target the celebrities. With usernames and passwords in hand, he was able to log into Gmail accounts and even download iCloud backups from where he extracted nude photos.
One of the four people accused of leaking nude celebrity photos in a hacking scandal has been sentenced to eight months in prison, The Guardian reported. But if you're human, it's terrifying. Kate Upton was among the celebrities whose nude photos were leaked.
The man who hacked into hundreds of iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and others before leaking their nude photos across the internet has been sentenced. Connecticut man George Garafano became infamous when he stole private photos from people including Jennifer Lawrence and made them available across the internet. He was sentenced to eight months in prison this week, in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The hack became infamous because of the celebrities it hit: Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and a range of other famous people had their photos stolen and leaked across the web. But it hit normal internet users, too, and Garofano was accused of stealing photos and private information from people. He admitted he had posed as a member of Apple's security staff and sent messages claiming that he needed to get hold of their usernames and passwords. When people replied to those authentic-looking messages with their login information, he broke into their iCloud accounts and stole their photos and other private information.