PayPal Launches Ad Subtly Attacking Apple for Recent iCloud Photo Leak

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following the unveiling of Apple Pay last week, PayPal has gone on the offensive, taking out a full page ad in The New York Times that slams Apple for its recent iCloud photo leak while promoting PayPal's own security.

    "We the people want our money safer than our selfies," reads the ad first shared by Pando Daily. "PayPal, protecting the people economy."

    The ad alludes to a recent attack on celebrity iCloud accounts, which saw hundreds of celebrity photos released on the Internet. Since the attack, Apple has gone to great lengths to point out that the leak was tied to weak usernames and passwords rather than an iCloud security breach, as the incident occurred just before plans to unveil Apple Pay.

    The company released a public statement after an investigation, and then Tim Cook did an interview with The Wall Street Journal to let users know about plans to broaden the use of two-factor authentication and to send security emails when a device is restored, iCloud is accessed, or a password change is attempted.

    On its Apple Pay website, Apple also goes into detail about the security of the service, pointing towards unique Device Account numbers, the iPhone's Secure Element, and the ability to put a phone in Lost Mode if it goes missing, protecting all information including payment data.

    Apple also says that all transactions are private, as the company does not store any details at all. Payment information is also directly stored on a device (within the Secure Element) and not in iCloud, making it inaccessible from a remote location.
    It's no surprise that PayPal has launched an ad that subtly attacks Apple as it is facing significant competition from the company. In addition to allowing users to make purchases in retail stores with their iPhones, Apple Pay also lets users buy items in supported apps using a credit card or debit card connected with an iTunes account.

    PayPal works in a very similar way, letting users attach a credit or debit card and then make purchases through the service, alleviating the need to enter credit card details. Major credit card companies, banks, and multiple retailers are also already on board with Apple Pay.

    App developers have been instructed to use several different payment platforms in their APIs, including Authorize.Net, Chase Paymentech, CyberSource, First Data, Stripe, and TSYS. Noticeably absent is PayPal, though the service's credit card processing subsidiary, Braintree, has pledged support for Apple Pay.

    PayPal has had its own security issues in recent months, most recently facing a significant problem with its two-factor authentication system.

    Article Link: PayPal Launches Ad Subtly Attacking Apple for Recent iCloud Photo Leak
  2. xizdun macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2011
    F___ PayPal.

    Only reason I use PayPal is due to a lack of a decent alternative. PayPal sucks, everybody knows this.
  3. groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    wow, they must be really nervous about ApplePay
  4. Hargobind macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2013
    KC, MO
    haha, like they've never had security issues! Very funny, PayPall!
  5. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Oh the irony...

    The amount of time Paypal freezes money for "security reviews" and other BS is just too damn high.
    The safety of speedy delivery when needed? Not with Paypal when they chose your transaction as one of those they think they need to look at.

    Also, they force me to not use two-factor authentication if I want to use their mobile app.

    Back to the drawing board, Paypal.

    Glassed Silver:mac
  6. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
  7. AstronomyiPhone, Sep 15, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014

    AstronomyiPhone macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2013
    Weak passwords + popular target = you're going to be "hacked" (more like compromised), regardless of the platform.
  8. uraniumwilly macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2007
    Exactly. That's the only reason they've decided to battle.

    I suspect they know they're doomed.
  9. AppleSOS, Sep 15, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014

    AppleSOS macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Could Apple not sue them for libel at this point? It's been said enough times that it was a user-end breach, not an iCloud vulnerability, so clamoring on about Apple having weak security when there is substantial evidence to the contrary seems like defamation to me.
  10. AppleFan115, Sep 15, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014

    AppleFan115 macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    I remember the good old days when people kind of cared about PayPal.

    Then September 9th came along and not a ***** was given.
  11. Screwtape macrumors regular

    May 10, 2009
    Didn't eBay/PayPal get hacked not too long ago? You know, actually hacked and not targeted phishing?
  12. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  13. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Losers lmao. Who'd they contract for this ad, Samsung?:D
  14. gjvon macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2012
    Houston, Texas (Born and raised a Texan)
    PayPal has been an easy way to lie and cheat your way through money and purchases since..... It's release to eBay. Security? They have some nerve......
  15. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  16. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Yep, back in May. Millions of accounts compromised.
  17. mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    By "kind of cared" you mean hated to use for buying or selling...

    PayPal used to be a hack-of -the-week security joke too. I suppose they've almost cleaned up... So that means they act like a bad credit card company with no consumer protection or perks.
  18. jm001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    The main benefit of ApplePay was for NFC payments at brick and mortar locations. I'm not sure why PayPal would be so nervous as to do attack ads on Apple since they operate solely on online transactions. Sure ApplePay can be used online, but PayPal is more prevalent and offered as an option in many many more places. I use PayPal and have no problem with them buying things online. In fact I prefer to use them for online payments. Now I can't wait when ApplePay becomes available in Canada, but I believe the two can co-exist quite well. So chill PayPal baby baby chill.
  19. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Paypal has a most terrible customer service. Takes me months to get a reply after I ask for help
  20. superram1234 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2014
    All these attacks on apple not only reflect unprofessionally upon the company, they also show how apple is going to send waves in monopolies of bad products such as mobile payment and the Phablet category. Can't wait for my iphone 6
  21. Zorn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2006
    Yeah I agree; **** Paypal. "We the people" really? This is the same scumbag company that charges people high fees on their auctions, then *forces* them to use their own payment method (Paypal) and charges them a fee on that as well.
  22. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
    Another case of the attack advertising from a company ******** themselves because Apple intruded into their territory.
  23. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I never thought I'd say this ... But seriously ****** PayPal ! They won't help me with a transaction dispute because it's out of the 45 Day purchase window .

    Screw that . I'm really ticked off .
  24. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    PayPal is to fraudsters\scammers\criminals as a school playground is to a pedophile.

    It makes me laugh when PayPal mentions security. One time they sent me a payment for an eBay auction and the "Confirmed\Verified" address was: 1 Street, Anytown, USA" ... seriously?!?!?!

    I LOATHE PayPal, and welcome anyone who can dethrone them for online payments.
  25. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010

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