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    Sep 04, 2014

    iCloud 'wasn't breached' in nude-photo hack


    APPLE said its iCloud service was not breached by hackers who posted nude pictures of celebrities, as the company worked to deflect questions about the security of its systems.

    Photos from the celebrities were stolen individually, the company said. The celebrity accounts were "compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that is all too common on the Internet," Apple said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The firm is working to quell a firestorm over the hacked celebrity accounts, with nude photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and others surfacing over the last few days on the Internet, allegedly obtained by hackers who used the iCloud service to access files illegally.

    Apple added that none of the cases it investigated had resulted from any breaches in its "Find my iPhone" feature.

    "When we learnt of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilised Apple's engineers to discover the source," the firm said.