Many iDevices across Australia locked up by hackers, ransom required for unlocking
posted by Peter K. / May 27, 2014, 9:30 AM
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
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posted on May 27, 2014, 9:38 AM 6
Yes viruses and trojans ftw
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:12 AM 9
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Interesting how many of Apple users will decide to pay for "Oleg Pliss". :D
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:32 AM 1
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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.
posted on May 27, 2014, 3:34 PM 3
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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.
posted on May 27, 2014, 11:50 AM 2
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This has got to be one of the biggest bait articles I've seen in awhile.
posted on May 27, 2014, 9:40 AM 1
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What bait? Its a true story! The galaxy s5 camera bug article can be pointed as Bait due to the exaggeration, but this.... No.
posted on May 27, 2014, 9:48 AM 11
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This is a true story too. Only android is affected! Lol
posted on May 27, 2014, 4:07 PM 1
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
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:00 AM 1
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
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:00 AM 2
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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...
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:36 AM 2
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Knowing someone else's password is a "hack" now.
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:09 AM 0
Yes, it's not a hack when you use a common password or the same password throughout.
posted on May 27, 2014, 10:13 AM 0
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