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Apple Buttons Up Security After Hacking Scandal

In the wake of the ill-timed breach that saw several nude photos of celebrities hacked free from the Apple cloud onto the screens digital voyeurs nationwide, Apple has announced new security features. These services attach to the iCloud.

Apple will additionally increase password protection with two-step verification. Two-step until now had only been available as part of the App Store or iTunes.

Though the breach has drawn the interest of the FBI, Apple claims they are not responsible for the leaked photos. Apple notes that celebrities, due to their status, were the victims of password breaks and phishing scams, and that no flaw with the iCloud itself led to the pictures going public.

Still, with the major release of the iPhone 6 widely expect this week, with a host of other services, most notably in payments, a security leak involving prominent, and in some cases widely liked, names is less than preferable. Critics have pointed to Apple allowing infinite attempts to log-in as a potential flaw that made celebrity photos easy to access.

Though Apple does not accept responsibility for the work of criminals who stole the photos by illegally accessing accounts, they do believe the new measure will make it more difficult for to break into an account unnoticed.

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