By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2015
As of today, brute-forcing your way into your ex’s Apple ID or iCloud account by way of dictionary-based attacks is no longer a viable option.
As reported by James Cook of Business Insider, Apple’s reportedly patched a vulnerability in its iCloud service that determined hackers were able to exploit in order to hack into your Apple ID account.
Even though Apple IDs that employ weak passwords and don’t use Apple’s vaunted two-step verification feature were at greatest risk, we’re most certainly glad that Apple’s moved so swiftly to increase online security of its users. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 2, 2015
Friday, a new attack tool was posted to GitHub that uses brute-force dictionary attacks on iCloud and Apple ID accounts with weak passwords. Using a dictionary list containing more than 500 words, the ‘iDict’ tool pretends to be a legitimate iPhone device trying to log in to iCloud.com. Somehow, it manages to avoid Apple ID lockout restrictions.
People with complex passwords shouldn’t be concerned but those with simple ones based on commonly used words such as pet names are at risk. If you fall in that category, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to change your password and optionally enable two-step verification for your Apple ID.
Seemingly unrelated to ‘iDict’, the Photos web app mysteriously disappeared from the iCloud website this morning. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014
Moscow-based Elcomsoft, which produces a mobile forensic tool used by law enforcement around the world to gain access to a suspect’s iOS devices, has updated its Phone Breaker application which now makes it easier to bypass Apple’s two-step verification for Apple ID accounts in order to access underlying iCloud data, Engadget reported Thursday.
Not only does this include iWork documents stored in iCloud, but also data in third-party apps such as WhatsApp communications, 1Password password databases — even user dictionaries that may contain secret words and phrases — provided a user has enabled the app in question to sync data with iCloud.
Although hackers still need both your Apple ID username/password and a two-factor code sent to your trusted device (or a digital token stolen from your computer), once they do gain access to your account Phone Breaker can then create a digital token granting them permanent access to iCloud data, no two-step verification code needed — until you change your Apple ID password, that is. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014
Nearly two years after supplanting the stock Google Maps iOS app with its own much-maligned service that resulted in Scott Forstall’s ousting, Apple’s web-based Find My iPhone service available over at iCloud.com seems to have adopted Apple Maps backend for all users, reports 9to5Mac.
Previously, using the web-based version of Find My iPhone used to rely on Google Maps data. The move could indicate plans to roll out a web-based Apple Maps accessible to anyone through a web browser, allowing the iPhone maker to better compete with Google Maps. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2014
A new report is out today claiming that Apple’s iCloud ambitions are being stymied by a wealth of organizational issues. Jessica Lessin of The Information spoke with roughly a dozen current and former Apple employees, who say these issues are holding up releases and complicating products.
Lessin uses the work-in-progress iCloud photo project—codenamed Hyperion—as an example. First unveiled in 2011, Steve Jobs’ vision for seamless photo-syncing has yet to be fully realized. iCloud Photo Library is a step in the right direction, but it missed the initial iOS 8 release and is still in beta. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 21, 2014
Apple updated its iCloud.com Photos app today, enabling the ability to upload photos. The feature, which developers have been testing on the iCloud beta site for the past two weeks, allows users to upload images to iCloud Photo Library.
Previously, those with iCloud Photo Library enabled in iOS 8 could view, download and delete their photos on iCloud.com, but there was no way to upload them. Now users can upload images—including those not taken with an iOS device. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014
As first reported by German blog Macerkopf.de [Google Translate], Apple has refreshed its iWork for iCloud suite of productivity web applications with several new features and improvements. Pages is now available in eight new languages: Deutsch, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, with bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Keynote and Numbers have gained support for the same languages with the exception of Arabic and Hebrew. All three web applications have gained easier file renaming and a couple other editing features. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2014
As part of yesterday’s batch of Apple app refreshes, among them the iMovie for iOS update which has enabled support for iCloud Photo Library and the ability to share videos with iCloud Photo Sharing, Apple has now added upload functionality to a beta version of the iCloud Photos web app available to registered iOS developers.
The features makes it easy to use a desktop computer to upload JPG images using the web interface at beta.icloud.com, making them available on all iOS devices and Macs that have iCloud Photo Library turned on. Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 3, 2014
Apple has acquired cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks, according to The Seattle Times. The company focused on “enabling the next generation of networking for cloud computing and software defined datacenters,” and seven out of nine of its former employees are said to have been hired by the Cupertino firm.
Of course, Apple hasn’t officially commented on the acquisition, but it seemingly confirmed the purchase earlier today by providing The Seattle Times its boiler plate public relations response of “Apple sometimes buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2014
New in OS X Yosemite is the ability to use your iCloud Password to log in to OS X and unlock your screen. It’s a convenient way to lessen the amount of passwords that you need to use and manage.
With that in mind, you’ll need to be logged in with your iCloud account to enable iCloud Password. Check out our video walkthrough after the jump to see how to do just that. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2014
Apple’s boss Tim Cook went to China to meet with a top Chinese government official in Beijing amid allegations of government-backed phishing attempts on users’ iCloud accounts, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency, relayed by Reuters Wednesday.
The meeting coincides with reports by GreatFire.org, a Chinese web monitoring group, alleging that the Chinese government sponsored man-in-the-middle attacks that redirected local users to a fake iCloud.com login page in an effort to harvest Apple ID user names and passwords. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2014
Following a report Monday by Great Fire alleging that the government in China attempted to compromise the security of Apple’s users by redirecting local traffic to a fake iCloud.com login webpage, Apple on Tuesday confirmed it was aware of the phishing attempts and ensured its servers had not been compromised, according to a CNBC report.
The company also took additional steps in the form of a new support document which teaches unsuspecting users how to verify that their web browser is in fact securely connected to the genuine iCloud.com login page. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2014
The Chinese government is reportedly phishing iCloud credentials of millions of people by staging a so-called man-in-the-middle attack which redirects unsuspecting users to a spoofed webpage that appears shockingly similar to the real iCloud.com website, Great Fire reported Monday.
Fooled users who type in their username and password into the fake web form risk exposing their iMessage communications, photos, contacts, reminders, calendars and other personal information associated with their Apple ID to a third-party. The problem is further accentuated by the fact that the popular Chinese browser Qihoo does not warn users that they’re visiting a fake website. Read More
By Timothy Reavis on Oct 18, 2014
Ahead of October 20’s public launch of iOS 8.1, Apple has released iCloud Photos to users running the iOS 8.1 beta on their devices. Qualifying accounts will be able to access iCloud Photos to view their iCloud Photo Library on the web through the beta version of iCloud.com.
Reports indicate that iCloud Photos looks and functions much like the stock Photos app on iOS, with the ability to view photos and select them to download to your computer.
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2014
Apple on Friday unofficially confirmed that a new Photos web app will be available through the iCloud web interface, most likely after iOS 8.1 launches next Monday. As we previously reported, visiting the beta.iCloud.com/#photos URL used to produce an unusual error message indicating a web-based version of the iOS Photos app was in the works.
Folks who have signed up for iCloud Beta should now visit the same URL as there’s a brand new webpage showing teaser graphics and the message saying “To use iCloud Photos on the web, upgrade your iOS device to iOS 8.1”. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 16, 2014
The best thing about having my parents in town is that I get inundated with troubleshooting questions about iOS, providing me with an almost endless flow of topics to write about. The latest troubleshooting request relates to a mysterious case of missing iCloud contacts that would have apparently disappeared after updating to iOS 9.
Are you experiencing lost or missing contacts as well? Then read on, as I’ll share one simple tip to restore iCloud contacts that might have gone missing. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2014
If you’re having issues with some, or all, of your iCloud services you’re not alone. It appears that several of Apple’s iCloud services are down for a number of users. We’ve seen numerous complaints of it on Twitter, and Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect the outages.
A few of us here at iDB are experiencing iCloud issues—I specifically am receiving pop up warnings on both my Mac and iPhone saying that my iCloud password is incorrect for various applications. Others have reported that they are unable to access iCloud.com, or iCloud backups. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2014
A new bug has been discovered in iOS 8 that will indadvertedly delete iCloud Drive documents. MacRumors reports that selecting the ‘Reset All Settings’ option from the Reset menu in the Settings app of iOS 8 will erase iWork-related files in iCloud Drive.
The issue here is that when the ‘Reset All Settings’ option is selected, users are specifically told that “no data or media will be deleted.” But that doesn’t seem to be the case with iOS 8, as MacRumors says it has confirmed the process is also deleting select files. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2014
Yesterday, Ukrainian developer Readdle released a pretty big update to its PDF Expert 5 and Documents 5, apps that let you edit, annotate and manage PDFs and other documents on your iPhone and iPad.
I wanted to share a few key improvements with you quickly because the app’s now a showcase example of how iOS 8 enables a whole new level of inter-app integration.
A free update to existing owners, PDF Expert 5.2 features a number of enhancements, including a few iOS 8 exclusives such as support for iCloud Drive document storage and Touch ID authentication to unlock the app instead of a regular passcode. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2014
GoodReader, a robust PDF reader for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, has received an update Friday bringing out support for a pair of distinct new features in iOS 8: Handoff and iCloud Drive.
Handoff lets you continue reading on an iPad right where you left off on an iPhone or iPod touch, and vice versa. Moreover, if you run iOS 8 and have upgraded to iCloud Drive, GoodReader can now import documents stored in it.
And because the app now uses iOS 8’s standard iCloud Drive picker, you can easily access other online storage services that have advertised their Document Provider extension system-wide, such as Dropbox. Read More