[ISN] Senators ask Apple, Home Depot for information on breaches

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2606965/senators-ask-apple-home-depot-for-information-on-breaches.html By Grant Gross IDG News Service Sep 11, 2014 A recent data breach at retailer Home Depot and a leak of celebrity nude pictures from Apple’s iCloud service raise questions about the companies’ data security practices, two U.S. senators said Thursday. Sens. John “Jay” Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, asked Apple and Home Depot for information on their security practices. The senators, senior members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, have asked the companies to provide the committee with detailed information about the causes of the breaches. A series of new Apple products, including the Apple Watch and its iCloud Drive, will lead to more sensitive customer information stored in the cloud, the senators wrote in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We are interested to know what security protocols Apple has adopted to maximize the safety and privacy of your customers who store information on your company’s popular iCloud,” the senators wrote. “We understand that the focused nature of the attack on specific iCloud accounts is very different from the massive data breaches that affected other companies, but nonetheless indicate potential vulnerabilities in your cloud security protocols that were exploited by hackers.” […]




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