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“Find My iPhone” Exploit Possibly Allowed Celebrity Photo Leak

Update (September 2, 2014): Apple has released a statement providing an update on the situation. I made a new post commenting on the situation here.

Over the past 12 hours, there has been a leak of celebrity photos. Programmers are speculating that the leak was caused by an exploit in the “Find My iPhone” service that allowed brute-forcing of passwords.

To brute-force a password means to try every single possible password until you find the correct one. Online servers have a number of mechanisms that can be used to stop brute-force attacks. For example, a server can limit the number of login attempts from each IP address. After, say, Continue reading “Find My iPhone” Exploit Possibly Allowed Celebrity Photo Leak