On the evening of August 31, many photos were posted to the 4Chan community of celebrities in compromising positions. Immediately following the situation, reports surfaced that the leak could have been brought on through a brute force attack on Apple’s iCloud service.
When Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier in 2014, they showcased plenty of noteworthy features for future OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 users. Of those, iCloud Drive stood out as a new way to get all your files, wherever you are. And now Apple’s already teasing us with its upcoming feature.
Apple has followed through with its plans of adding end-to-end encryption to iCloud emails sent and received from third-party platforms like Gmail and Yahoo. The company previously only encrypted emails sent between iCloud users,Â but it has moved swiftly to secure emails in transit between other providersÂ after being called out in a recent NPR article.Â
iCloud Mail is currently experiencing an outage for certain users that began around 17 to 18 hours ago as of writing. Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect the downtime, noting that about 0.1% of users may be unable to receive mail until the service is restored.Â
Apple informed developers this afternoon that it will be performing a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public and private databasesÂ for iOS 8 beta and OS X Yosemite developer preview on July 7th. iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library and Mail Drop will be the three affected services by this move, whichÂ should have been expected as a routine occurrence with pre-release software.Â