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Hacker Group Blackmails Apple

Paul Rubens - March 23, 2017 - 08:17 AM
Hacker Group Blackmails Apple
A hacker group is reportedly demanding money to delete a list of 500 million stolen iCloud login details.

(CCM) — Apple has denied that its systems have been compromised after a hacker group calling itself the "Turkish Crime Family" claimed to have gained access to the login details of more than 500 million Apple email and iCloud accounts, according to a Fortune report. The hackers reportedly demanded $75,000 in a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift vouchers, in return for deleting its list of credentials. An Apple spokesperson told Fortune that if the list is legitimate it was not obtained from Apple.

If the hackers can access iCloud accounts they could reset them. This would allow the hacker to delete all stored photos and remotely wipe the associated Apple devices. However, many of the account details could have been obtained from breaches of other services such as LinkedIn, which was hacked in 2012. If that is the case, then many of the passwords may have been changed in the interim period. An Apple spokesperson told Fortune that the company is "actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved." Apple recommends using strong passwords, using the different passwords for each site, and turning on two-factor authentication to provide additional account protection.

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