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Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.

"We're aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously," the computer-maker said in a post Tuesday on its support website. The post said Apple's own servers have not been compromised.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/apple-issues-security-warning-icloud-26359569

But guys, GUYS. Apple. It's not their fault! Use stronger passwords! rolleyes.gif
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The attacks appear unrelated to an episode last month in which hackers stole nude photos from the iCloud accounts of several U.S. celebrities.

Surrrrrree... wink.gif
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So.... what's and end user supposed to do? Just... stop using iCloud? Because with more than one Apple device, that's essentially impossible without surrendering a substantial amount of functionality.
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So.... what's and end user supposed to do? Just... stop using iCloud? Because with more than one Apple device, that's essentially impossible without surrendering a substantial amount of functionality.
Yeah, sure wink.gif

But from reading the article, it's nothing Apple can do, they're just saying they've seen tentatives of man in the middle attacks faking to be iCloud to get your password (ie when connecting from an unsecure network). There's nothing to do except not being stupid when your browser shows in red "this site is probably faking it's identity"
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I never used this storage places, never trusted them. feel bad for people that do.
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Are you guys being serious? This issue has absolutely nothing to do with Apple's security. This is a warning about a classic man in the middle style attack most likely set up by the Chinese government. Users attempting to visit the iCloud website in China using certain browsers like Qihoo are being redirected to a phishing site in an attempt to collect iCloud usernames and passwords. No amount of security on Apples end could prevent something like that.
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Are you guys being serious? This issue has absolutely nothing to do with Apple's security. This is a warning about a classic man in the middle style attack most likely set up by the Chinese government. Users attempting to visit the iCloud website in China using certain browsers like Qihoo are being redirected to a phishing site in an attempt to collect iCloud usernames and passwords. No amount of security on Apples end could prevent something like that.

Disabling SSL entirely and going with TLS, using proper certificates and encryption etc are indeed about all they can do.

As long as users heed the certificate mismatch warnings, this shouldn't be a problem. However, "users"....
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