updated 03:06 pm EDT, Tue September 2, 2014
Claims victims were hit by 'very targeted' attack
Apple has issued a new follow-up statement on this week's celebrity photo leaks via iCloud. "After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet," the company writes. "None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find My iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."
At least some of the photos were clearly shot with non-Apple devices, which would support the company's statement that no hacking of iCloud or its servers occurred. The statement concludes with Apple urging people to use a strong password, and turn on two-step verification.
The FBI is currently investigating the leaks. A number of high-profile celebrities have fallen victim, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Hillary Duff.