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Apple Patches iCloud Bug That May Have Leaked Celeb Photos

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Apple appears to have fixed a bug that some have speculated could be the possible source of this weekend’s massive online leak of celebrity nude photos. The bug, known as “ibrute,” appears to have been first noted on the social coding site Github. It allowed hackers to access an individual’s iCloud data by exploiting a weakness in Apple’s “Find My iPhone” service, according to Engadget. The problem was that Apple’s service didn’t employ so-called “brute force protection,” which meant that anyone who wanted to break into a person’s iCloud could repeatedly enter a large number of passwords without fear of being locked out, according to The Next Web. Late Sunday, one or more anonymous users uploaded what were allegedly nude photos of dozens of celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, to the image-sharing site 4chan.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.