There has been a recent finding that Apple’s iCloud service has a flaw that can affect your
security. If that isn’t bad enough Apple is refusing to comment.
When Apple released their iCloud service it was big plus for consumers as it allowed them to access files from anywhere and on any device. In addition there is a software called Find my (Apple device) whether it is an iPhone, iPad, mac using the iCloud features. How this works is that if your device has ever been stolen you can go on the web and locate it on a map. In addition, you can remotely wipe all the data off the device. However, that also means that since your files are not stored on any hardware it can be easily accessed by hackers.
This is where the flaw in their security comes in. It is reported that owners of a second-hand Apple device can still be tracked by the original owner who can wipe all of your data remotely for example. In addition, they can access all your accounts like iMessage.
Even if you erase all the data from your Apple device and remove the iCloud account when you are disconnected from the internet, the link from your device to the Apple servers will not be removed. As such, when a new owner logs in using their Apple ID and turns on iCloud the previous owner can still track the device without knowing the Apple ID details of the new owner.
It should be explained that Apple instructs people on how to correctly remove iCloud but it is buried in the support pages and it is a bit confusing.
This issue relates to second-hand devices. It should be noted that you should deactivate everything while connected to the internet to ensure proper deletion of your link before selling.
However, a new incident reveals that hackers can actually bypass your security and without using your password can access your information on the cloud and delete everything. This is what happened to a Mat Hornan, a reporter at Gizmodo. All of his information on his Mac, iPhone and even Google account was deleted by a hacker from the cloud.
Apple has still yet to comment on this and it begs the question for all users on the cloud. Is it really safe?
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, is apparently not keen on the cloud, stating that with the Cloud you have no control, stating that you hand over your ownership rights to someone else. And if this weekend’s incidient isn’t a concrete example of how the cloud can be bad news, I think we should really consider how safe our information is stored up somewhere in the cloud.