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Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users within 2 weeks: Tim Cook

Addressing users' privacy concerns over iCloud’s security, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that within two weeks, the company is planning to introduce additional security features to protect its users

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Addressing users’ privacy concerns over iCloud’s security, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that within two weeks, the company is planning to introduce additional security features to protect its users’ data. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cook said that the company will alert users via email as well as push notification when their accounts are logged in from a new device, and/or someone tries to change the password, as well as in an event of a request to restore iCloud data to a new device.

At present, Apple sends users an email only when the password of their account is changed, or when their account is being accessed from a different Apple device.

Cook’s comments come days after hundreds of nude images of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, and Mary E Winstead among several others leaked on the Web in an iCloud breach.

However, Cook has maintained company’s stance that it was celebrities’ fault that their accounts were compromised. Cook says that the hackers were able to get into the account because they answered the security questions correctly, and because some celebrities fell prey to the phishing scam. Cook points to the “two-factor authentication” that the company employs on several of its services, the Touch ID and fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S as examples of how sophisticated Apple’s security is.

Furthermore, he says that users need to be more aware about the security trends and vulnerabilities, and turn on the privacy features that Apple is offering. “When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” he said. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”

Meanwhile, Cook assures that Apple is working with law enforcement to investigate on the recent security breach and identify the hackers. “We want to do everything we can do to protect our customers, because we are as outraged if not more so than they are,” Cook said.

  • Published Date: September 5, 2014 3:16 PM IST