A group of hackers has come on the surface and claims to have the login details of hundreds of Apple accounts. They are threatening the tech giant to pay $75,000 otherwise, the iPhones and the iPads will be wiped of all the data.
Calling themselves the “Turkish Crime Family”, the hackers are demanding the $75,000 in the form of bitcoins or through the iTunes gift cards. If the company doesn’t pay heed to their demands, they’ll wipe the Apple devices of all the data through iCloud.
Some of the accounts were revealed by the hackers and out of them, 54 were successfully identified by ZDNet. However, the total number of accounts which have been breached is still unknown.
On the other hand, Apple claims that none of its accounts have been hacked and the list of the so-called compromised accounts has been obtained from some other source.
The official statement released by the company says:
“There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.
We’re actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication.”
One should keep in mind that the hackers have a stronger chance of hacking more than one valuable accounts which share the same password. Therefore, all the important online accounts should have a unique password. Earlier, the hackers have tried to target the users directly through the “Find My iPhone” service. By doing so, they locked the phones remotely and only unlocked them when the user paid them something in return.
All the Apple users should take this as a warning and must immediately update the passwords of their iCloud accounts. Even if the hackers have gained their account password, they would not be able to do anything if the users have activated the two-factor authentication.
If you haven’t changed your password for a while now then this is the best time to do it. Visit the apple page and reset the password along with enabling two-factor authentication to make your account entirely safe from the hackers.