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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:38

Hackers threaten to wipe up to 300 million iPhones unless Apple pays ransom

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A mysterious group of hackers claim to be threatening to wipe up to 300 million iPhones and iCloud accounts – unless Apple pays a ransom in Bitcoin by April 7.

The group – who describe themselves as ‘Turkish Crime Family’ – claim to have demanded $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrency, according to Motherboard.

A hacker said, ‘I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing.’

They claim to have credentials which would allow them access to hundreds of millions of users’ accounts, according to the report in Motherboard – and are threatening to wipe a number of them unless they are paid.

 

Screenshots of supposed discussions with Apple show Apple’s security team requesting that the gang delete a YouTube video where they supposedly access an elderly woman’s iCloud account.

Hackers threaten to wipe up to 300 million iPhones unless Apple pays ransom

(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

What is less clear is if the threat is real – or if the group even exists. Beyond the evidence shown to Motherboard (screenshotted emails), there’s little proof.

British computer security expert Graham Cluley, writing on Bitdefender’s Hot for Security blog, says, ‘What we don’t know is whether the email exchanges between the hackers and Apple are real or faked, and – indeed – whether the so-called “Turkish Crime Gang” really has access to a large number of Apple users’ credentials.

‘If it’s true that the hackers are attempting to engage with the media in an attempt to increase their chances of a substantial payout then that would be in line with an increasingly common technique deployed by extortionists.’

Author : Rob Waugh

Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/21/hackers-threaten-to-wipe-up-to-300-million-iphones-unless-apple-pays-ransom-6524809/

 

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