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40 million iCloud users could become victims of data breaches

40 million iCloud users could become victims of data breaches

by sigismund » 2016-07-13 10:25:45

the Owners of iOS devices attacked by ransomware, using the Find My iPhone.

Using the user password of the iCloud service and Find My iPhone feature criminals involved in extortion of money at owners of iOS devices. Scammers remotely block iPhone or iPad, and demands a ransom before restoring access to it. The attack that took place two years ago, resumed in February this year. As reported by security expert Steve Ragan (Steve Ragan), attackers could obtain user passwords in the large-scale hacking of iCloud.

In 2014, the owners of Apple devices have already faced similar attacks. Then on the screens of the devices of the victims was displayed the inscription: "Device hacked by Oleg Plisson" Device hacked by Oleg Pliss). For unlocking a smartphone or tablet the attackers demanded $100. According to security expert Troy hunt (Troy Hunt), to sign in belonging to the victims iCloud account, the hackers used the passwords and email addresses leaked as a result of hacks on other services.

In June 2014 behind the attacks hackers (they turned out to be two Russians) were arrested. As it turned out, they received the credentials of iCloud users with phishing web pages and other social engineering techniques.

As reported by Ragan in February this year, the attacks resumed. The first attacker receives the victim's Apple ID, and then use the Find My iPhone feature blocks. Displays a message in Russian ransom (from $30 to $50) and the electronic address at which to receive instructions for unlocking. When the victim communicates with the attackers via e-mail, she receives a message stating that in default of payment of redemption stored data will be deleted.

Anyway, the attacks and ransom – not the worst. The question arises, where did the Scam Apple ID? According to Ragan, last week appeared information about the fact that 40 million iCloud users could become victims of data breaches.

According to Business Insider, Apple has denied the fact of burglary. According to the company, attackers can obtain personal data as a result of compromised accounts, such as LinkedIn.


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