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Celeb nude photo fallout: Extra security to be added to iCloud, says Apple CEO

​In the wake of the recent celebrity photo scandal, Apple said that it is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts.

Its CEO Tim Cook also said that the company will aggressively encourage users to take stricter security measures.

Apple will alert users through 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, said Cook in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Paranoia about the lack of proper security features is rife since private nude photos of multiple celebrities - including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco and Rihanna were leaked last week - causing widespread outrage.

Apple will broaden use of the two-factor authentication security systems to avoid similar breaches in future.

This is how it works: Users need to have a password, a separate four-digit one-time code, or a long access key given user when they signed up for the service to access their account.

Apple said earlier this week that the leak was not caused by an breach of its ssytems.

A statement issued on Tuesday said: "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."

Source: Reuters

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