In his first interview on the subject, Apple Chief Executive Tim
Cook said celebrities’ iCloud accounts were compromised when
hackers correctly answered security questions to obtain their
passwords, or when they were victimized by a phishing scam to
obtain user IDs and passwords.
He said none of the Apple IDs and passwords leaked from the
To make such leaks less likely, Mr. Cook said Apple will alert
users via email and push notifications when someone tries to
change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device,
or when a device logs into an account for the first time.
Until now, users got an email when someone tried to change a
password or log in for the first time from an unknown Apple
device; there were no notifications for restoring iCloud data.
That Cook would take time this week, in the run-up to Tuesday’s event, to address this says to me he’s taking it pretty damn seriously.