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Apple acknowledges iCloud hack attempts, says servers not breached

Apple has issued a statement confirming organised networks of hackers have been trying to hack into iCloud in order to steal user’s data.

On Monday, reports emerged accusing the Chinese government of collecting data from iCloud users after a group that monitors online censorship in China claimed local users’ unsecured connections had been intercepted.

24 hours later, Apple admitted groups of hackers had been targeting users while they log on, but flat out denied its servers had been breached.

Apple has apparently found a technical fix and says the the issue will not affect users running Safari in the latest version of iOS or Mac OS X.

The tech giant told Dow Jones: “We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously.

“These attacks don’t compromise iCloud servers, and they don’t impact iCloud sign in on iOS devices or Macs running OS X Yosemite using the Safari browser.”

As a result of the report Apple has released a support page providing information on ensuring browser connections to are secure.

The information offers instructions for the Safari, Firefox and Chrome browsers.

“The iCloud website is protected with a digital certificate. If users get an invalid certificate warning in their browser while visiting, they should pay attention to the warning and not proceed,” Apple wrote.

“Users should never enter their Apple ID or password into a website that presents a certificate warning. To verify that they are connected to the authentic iCloud website, users can check the contents of the digital certificate as shown below for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox—each of which provides both certificate information and warnings.”

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Via: Engadget

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