A Security Warning for iCloud Users Has Been Issued by Apple Ensuring That They Are Aware of Hacker Attacks
iCloud users got a security warning issued by Apple, which claims that it’s aware about its online network suffering from “intermittent organized network attacks” and that it’s taking the matter very seriously.
In last 24 hours a number of attacks focused on Apple iCloud and most likely coming from China have been reported. These attacks were intercepting iCloud users which would sign into iCloud through the web.
Now a security warning has been issued by Apple which is telling iCloud users or people in general what to watch out for, and assuring that during these attacks none of the servers belonging to their iCloud service have been compromised.
The security notice follows right after a blog report written by Greatfire.org, which is monitoring Chinese internet censorship, that says hackers backed by Beijing were actually using “man-in-the-middle” attacks duping people into handing over their own passwords and usernames and basically granting access to their photos, emails and documents.
Greatfire.org notes in its blog that the release of new iPhone 6 series in China and the Hong Kong protests coincides with the Chinese hackers increasingly making attacks on the Apple’s iCloud service. Even though Apple did not say who could be the author of these attacks, more and more suspicions about China are developing. Among web surfers and internauts arose a lot of suspicions about the Chinese government taking responsibility for the hacking events.
The hacker gets on user’s information by putting a fake website between legit web address and user so information passes through that fake website straight into the hacker’s hands on the way to the real website.
California based Apple Inc ensures in its security warning that it’s just “deeply committed to protecting our customers’ privacy and security” and that iCloud servers are not compromised by the hacking attacks whatsoever, neither these attacks impact the sign in of iCloud on OS X Yosemite based Macs using the Safari browser or iOS devices.
Apple security warning states the following – “if users get an invalid certificate warning in their browser while visiting www.icloud.com, they should pay attention to the warning and not proceed.”
“Users should never enter their Apple ID or password into a website that presents a certificate warning. To verify that they are connected to the authentic iCloud website, users can check the contents of the digital certificate as shown below for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox — each of which provides both certificate information and warnings.”
These details were posted by Apple on its support website, but it didn’t mention whether these attacks were actually coming from China nor provided any more details.
Apple described in its security update whether user is connected to a legitimate website or not and how to verify it. Also the warning message hints that company is embracing very solid data security measures so that its users’ data and servers are not endangered in any form, and the company’s iCloud service users don’t encounter problems related to password hacking.
Since the most recent event where over 100 Hollywood celebrities got their compromising pictures stolen of their iCloud accounts and leaked to the internet, Apple has actually moved to improve the security of its cloud storage service.
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