Apple is planning to upgrade the security notifications for users of its iCloud storage service, after a number of celebrity accounts were compromised and personal photos were stolen.

Speaking about the incident for the first time, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal that the intrusion was a result of third parties accessing accounts using the correct username and password, or phishing scams. In response, the Journal quotes Cook as saying that “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”.

The change will roll out in two weeks. Apple will also “broaden” its use of two-factor authentication and encourage more users to adopt the feature, which uses a person’s smartphone to verify their identification before logging them in.

Tim Cook Says Apple to Add Security Alerts for iCloud Users [Wall Street Journal]

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