Although initially Apple denied that it was iCloud that was hacked which resulted in the leak of the nude photographs of more than 100 celebrities, it quickly released a patch and to make further safety-related changes all the services that rely upon iCloud were shut down for more than six hours, according to this report in Business Insider. Both Apple Store and iTunes experienced 6 hours of outages all over the world. Some Apple-related websites reported that even the desktop Mac App Store, the iTunes Music Store and the iBookstore became unavailable. It’s a scary reminder of what wreck such services can havoc in case of an outage and all your information resides on the services.
The controversy has taken place close on the eve of one of the major post-Jobs events. On September 9, 2014 Apple will be introducing to the world its latest iPhone 6 offerings as well as the highly anticipated smartwatch called iWatch. Just a few weeks ago the Apple CEO Tim Cook had claimed that iCloud is one of the safest cloud storage services available on now this claim has been totally shattered due to the recent celebrity nude photograph leaks. Security threats, hacks, and to an extent even virus attacks are primarily known as non-Apple problems of the world and it is the first time an Apple service has been attacked in such a manner and considering that people pay a premium for Apple services and products, it can really shake the confidence of its customer base. Maybe they should consider having their cybersecurity looked at by a firm similar to Propel Technology? They might be able to shed some light on how this happened.
It’s an unlucky coincidence that the iCloud has been hacked just before the event (or it might be a corporate sabotage) because to be frank, every cloud hosting service is vulnerable. Services like Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox and iCloud come with standard security features and people simply assume that more or less they are all the same and the only difference is the vendor. Now Apple stands out for an awkward reason. It would help these companies, as they are letting even non-technical people to put up their information on cloud storage services, if they could educate their customers about the risks involved.