iDict threat for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iCloud
A tool named iDict released by hackers has claimed that it can exploit Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s security and break into any iCloud account. This tool can bypass security restrictions – Account Lockout and Secondary Authentication – that prevent access to iCloud accounts. The hacking tool has been described as an iCloud Apple ID Dictionary attack on iDict’s GitHub page.
A GitHub user Pr0x13 mentioned that the tool is painfully obvious and it was just a matter of time before hackers used iDict to break into iCloud accounts. Users on Reddit and Twitter are mentioning that the tool is found to work as described. However, there is no official confirmation that the tool is a working exploit.
In case iDict works as described, users could do a least to protect their iCloud accounts except using an email address that hasn’t been published or shared online. iDict currently requires the email address associated with an iCloud account to hack into it.
Experts believe Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could deploy multiple measures from preventing hackers breaking into iCloud service. If Apple senses any such attacks it may stop people from guessing passwords frequently and also check login attempts by forcing two-factor cellphone authentication.
Only thing of concern is iDict’s claim that it could bypass any of those security measures. Online posting about iDict has also raised discussion as most such exploits are often privately reported to avoid exposure of such security holes and prevent widespread vulnerability.
It is not the first attempt to break into iCloud services. Last year hackers did so to leak naked images of several celebrities online. Stars like Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence faced the heat when hackers managed to break into their accounts, raising questions over Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s claimed security system. In a response, Apple rolled out improved security measures to prevent hackers from accessing accounts.
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