Originally Posted by newtogolf
Brute force password attack exploits the fact that people are pretty lazy about their mobile passwords and passwords in general. If they determine that brute force was the actual method used, then the people most at blame are the people who had their pictures published. Apple could do more to restrict the number of failed attempts permitted on the iCloud password or even lock the account if too many attempts are made, which I expect to happen as a result of this.
Yeah, pretty much, plus they've already plugged that hole. You get five attempts now and you're locked out for 30 minutes (or something, I think).
Originally Posted by sacm3bill
Apple products in general experience fewer security issues, but that's not necessarily because their security is any better than PCs. It's primarily because hackers generally target PCs - there are so many more targets in that space.
That's an outdated perception (or misperception) that was never really right to begin with.
Especially since Apple sells 50 million iPhones per quarter or so.
And Mac OS X is more secure, in no small part because it's based on FreeBSD, which has been hammered on by computer experts and hackers for 30+ years.
Not to mention the fact that the majority of PC sales aren't the types people care to hack anyway: they're running a cash register, or are a secretary's Solitaire outlet (and occasional memo-writing machine), etc.