Friday, December 2, 2022

iCloud could be sending your photos to strangers’ computers: concern at Apple and Microsoft

The application iCloud for Windows, recently announced by Microsoft and intended to connect Apple’s cloud storage service to its Photos app on computers, has already developed a scary flaw: send photos to the wrong users.

Through the MacRumors forumsseveral users reported that received someone else’s pictures when trying to upload their iCloud data to a Windows device and, similarly, they sent their own images elsewhere.

According to the report published on the website of Digital Trends, some users also detailed that they received corrupted videos that played only black screens with scan lines.

Users began sharing their problems with the app on November 17 on social media and forums, after the Redmond company unveiled the feature the previous Wednesday.

What about the iCloud for Windows app?

The iCloud for Windows app is designed to allow users to integrate all their content from a number of different sources, including phones, cameras, and various cloud storage options such as iCloud Photos and OneDrive.

However, the main marketing connection is clearly Apple’s iCloud storage. Photos that come from iCloud are supposed to be tagged in their own folder for easy identification, but the program creates a single gallery for all incoming images and videos in Windows 11.

iCloud for Windows

Another feature of this application is that it is available in the Microsoft store when many of the brand’s programs are usually available in a manual download version.

Regarding the flaw, a MacRumors Forums user explained that he was able to test the flaw on three different computers, two with Windows 11 Pro and one with Windows 10 Pro. They all gave the same result, sending him images that were not his, assuming that his images were sent to someone else.

The netizen added that he tested the flaw on various Apple devices including an iPad, an iPhone 11 Pro, and an iPhone 13 Pro Max and the main culprit behind the issue appears to be his iPhone 14 Pro Max with HDR and HEVC enabled. He also noted that he has contacted Apple about the matter, but has not received a response.

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