• Apple States that iCloud Wasn't Compromised in Australian Ransom Scheme

    Two days following initial reports from iCloud users in Australia who had their accounts breached and devices held for “ransom,” Apple issued a statement saying its cloud service wasn’t compromised in the attack. Apple did express its concern over the recent situation that found Australian iCloud users locked out of their own iPhones, iPads and Macs by nefarious hackers according to ZDnet. The attacks have since spread to New Zealand, the US and Canada. Apple said the following in a statement:

    Apple takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident. Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services. Any users who need additional help can contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple Retail Store.
    For those of you who didn’t know, a number of Mac and iOS device owners in Australia were reportedly affected by the hack which apparently used Find My iPhone and Find My Mac to lock targeted devices an send a ransom message that read, “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss.” Users were then redirected to send $50 to $100 to a PayPal account in return for a device unlock. It’s speculated that the hacker or hackers gained access to affected iCloud accounts through password reuse. As noted in posts to Apple’s Support Communities forum, users who previously set a device passcode were able to unlock their machines. By design, Find My iPhone’s functionality only allows users to set a password for devices that don’t already have one assigned.

    Those who didn’t have a password set prior to the attack were forced to take the issue to Apple.

    Were you or someone you know affected by the issue?

    Source: Apple (Support), ZDNet
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple States that iCloud Wasn't Compromised in Australian Ransom Scheme started by Akshay Masand View original post
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