Many iDevices across Australia locked up by hackers, ransom required for unlocking
It is also important to say that the affected devices got locked up by no malicious app or program. The culprits for the unfortunate event are nothing else but compromised Apple IDs, the passwords for which could have been easily stolen "from recent data breaches". If we also take into consideration that most people tend to use one and the same password for years, it comes to no surprise that the wrongdoers succeeded in locking up a big number of Apple devices.
Fortunately, Apple IDs with a two-step authentication have not been affected by the scam. In addition, those unlucky owners of Apple devices with passcodes easily succeeded in reclaiming control of their gadgets.
Still, it seems that some of the affected users fell into the trap and sent money to the email that Oleg Pliss listed in the ransom notes. Interestingly, a PayPal representative revealed that there was no PayPal account linked to the email in question. It was also said that any money that had been forwarded to the email will be refunded in a timely fashion.
Meanwhile, local Australian carriers advised the affected users to contact Apple so that they can regain access of their accounts as soon as possible. However, Cupertino has not issued an official statement on the matter yet.
source: Brisbane Times via The Verge
3. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
What windows are you referring?
43. rgxVOiD (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Yes if you're dumb enough to click the obvious
23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Majority of people in all over the world use Windows operating system so I don't see in which way Ubuntu "FTW"...
19. TheMan (Posts: 390; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
This isn't an Apple vs The World issue. It's a user error problem. "One password to rule them all" is a lazy -- and risky -- practice too many of us follow.
20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Interesting how many of Apple users will decide to pay for "Oleg Pliss". :D
31. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I find it interesting that this article makes it seem as though the only ones affected are in Australia. I wonder why that is...
39. tacarat (Posts: 130; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
The Ars write up on this says the popular theory right now is DNS poisoning. Because of that, even entering "apple.com" manually would still take you to a hijacked page to capture data.
If true, then the reason the TFA folks didn't get affected was that they're not set up to take advantage of that small window when the codes are still valid. WoW players had to deal with this a long time ago. The fraudsters were VERY well set up and automated for those hacks to work.
44. TheMan (Posts: 390; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
And how many more would have ponied up with cash for "S. Jobs"
30. Scott93274 (Posts: 653; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
This isn't so much of an issue with iOS, it's an issue with people being careless with their passwords. Odds are they probably had their passwords compromised when logging into various web pages using the many exploits in Internet Explorer. Microsoft's software is probably the least secure of any of the major software developers.
2. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Always Apple users getting problems and acident purposely being the victim
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7647; Member since: 14 May 2012)
This has got to be one of the biggest bait articles I've seen in awhile.
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3027; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
What bait? Its a true story! The galaxy s5 camera bug article can be pointed as Bait due to the exaggeration, but this.... No.
40. flipjzn (Posts: 127; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
This is a true story too. Only android is affected! Lol
45. DnB925Art (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 May 2013)
But this only affects you if you use Spotify. I don't use Spotify, ergo, it doesn't affect me, or any other user who doesn't use Spotify.
7. wilsong17 (Posts: 782; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
in of matter of time that hacker are going to hack ios and know we can bash the ifan who said that apple is superior only superior cuz hacker didnt bother with it but know you see
9. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Soonyou will see the reular users posting or it might be there will be no sign of them. Hiding Away…
8. engineer-1701d (Posts: 552; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
now hackers go after apple and stop going after the android and windows for once. so all the people that say android is easy hacked and scammed, will shut up and understand no one went after apple before because no much was on them of any importance now you see
22. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Apple is slow to patch things up...Windows is thecswiss cheese of OSes in the IT world. Android can be the most secure...CAN be...but not always...it is up to the users to use their devices in a secure and smart manner...
10. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 May 2014)
Wow apple is always being hacked why????
11. Ninetysix (Posts: 1458; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Knowing someone else's password is a "hack" now.
13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3286; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yes, it's not a hack when you use a common password or the same password throughout.
14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1458; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
No worries. The usual fandroids have already started to blame Apple for this...LOL.
33. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Well they have gone into apple servers and breached the data...that is a big hack...this shows close =/ secure....like you ifans always pretend to be...
34. Ninetysix (Posts: 1458; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Did we read the same article? Where did it mention that Apple servers were breached?
35. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Oh have they? Haven't seen any yet. Funny how two people can read the s comments and someone sees something that NO ONE said... at least not yet anyway. But I'm sure if you keep poking, your fictitious statement will come true.
36. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"It is also important to say that the affected devices got locked up by no malicious app or program. The culprits for the unfortunate event are nothing else but compromised Apple IDs, the passwords for which could have been easily stolen "from recent data breaches"."
Thats for you and Mxy....because yall seem to focus on this:
"If we also take into consideration that most people tend to use one and the same password for years, it comes to no surprise that the wrongdoers succeeded in locking up a big number of Apple devices."
38. Ninetysix (Posts: 1458; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
You don't seem to understand what happened. Click the source link for TheVerge and read the second paragraph. Read the comments there as well.
42. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I read the sources...and comments.....if I only had one password for that one Apple thing, and nothing else...it still came from a breach.
Did Apple willing give away the info? No? Well....thats a breach.
Ars Technica is posting about another possible way...(got this from Post #39) ...we wont know until the full details come out.....but I put a lil more faith in Ars reporting of this vs The Verge.
21. networkdood (Posts: 6260; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Apple is not invulnerable as its fans always used to brag...but, all OSes have vulnerabilities...where there is a hacktivist will there is a way...
26. Sid91 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 May 2014)
Well if you put passwords like 1234 or use the same password even on questionable websites your chances of getting hacked are potentially high.
but you can always keep your fingers crossed and hope your lucky not to be hacked.
Or be smart with your passwords and change them regularly.
28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5581; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Or, use a different password for each web site you access by password. Better yet, use strong (longer than 8 characters with a mix of alpha and numeric characters that are not repeated in the string) passwords that are different for each web site/application.
32. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
No thing is unhackable.
Everything man-made is hackable.
We all should know that.
Every device we have, chance are there might be actually someone who listens, who sees, who manipulates.