1. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Has anyone heard about this? From this: story on Komando.com

    "A group of hackers calling themselves the "Turkish Crime Family" claims to have gained access to a massive cache of iCloud and Apple email accounts. Access to these accounts could allow them to wipe everything from the victims' gadget remotely. They could also reset the victims' iCloud accounts.

    The hackers allegedly have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts. This includes people using @me and @iCloud domains.

    The cybercriminals are demanding that Apple pay them either $75,000 in Bitcoin currency or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards. In exchange for payment, the group would then delete the alleged data cache. They are giving Apple until April 7 to make the payment.

    One of the criminals told Motherboard, "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."

    Apple has not made a public statement on the extortion attempt. It's unknown whether this threat is real, as the alleged stolen account details have yet to be verified. In the case that the threat is real, there are some security steps you should take before April 7."
    03-22-2017 03:27 PM
  2. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    I just read this other story. I think it's a bluff, but I am wondering if it would be worthwhile to change passwords. It's such a pain to do so!
    03-22-2017 03:38 PM
  3. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Yeah I'm not buying it, at least not until I hear it from more credible sources.
    Annie_i6s, DarlaMack and Sherry_B like this.
    03-22-2017 03:50 PM
  4. metalchick719's Avatar
    Yikes, that's nuts! I honestly wouldn't buy it either, though. It's sad when these so called "hackers" end up screwing people over because they immediately buy into the threat. Bitcoin... Who even uses that???
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    03-22-2017 04:48 PM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    All that for just 75 grand, lol
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    03-22-2017 04:51 PM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    All that for just 75 grand, lol
    Exactly!
    03-22-2017 05:19 PM
  7. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I'm not buying it either. If the demands are real, they sound either like kids or are imbeciles.
    Tartarus likes this.
    03-22-2017 05:22 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I just read this other story. I think it's a bluff, but I am wondering if it would be worthwhile to change passwords. It's such a pain to do so!
    Even if it is a bluff or fake news, it's still worthwhile to change your passcode, in my opinion, just in case. I did.
    Annie_i6s and Spencerdl like this.
    03-22-2017 06:20 PM
  9. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Even if it is a bluff or fake news, it's still worthwhile to change your passcode, in my opinion, just in case. I did.
    I did too!
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    03-22-2017 09:14 PM
  10. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Even if it is a bluff or fake news, it's still worthwhile to change your passcode, in my opinion, just in case. I did.
    And enable two-factor authentication if you haven't already!

    http://www.imore.com/how-set-apples-...ication-ios-10
    03-22-2017 09:47 PM
  11. njlx2016's Avatar
    And enable two-factor authentication if you haven't already!

    How to set up Apple's 2-factor authentication for Auto Unlock on macOS Sierra | iMore
    Seriously. If someone gets ahold of your Apple ID they pretty much have the key to your entire digital life.
    ladyc0524 likes this.
    03-22-2017 10:22 PM
  12. Quis89's Avatar
    They are asking for $100k in iTunes gift cards? Not even Apple Store gift cards? Lol.
    03-22-2017 10:51 PM
  13. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached
    http://a.mynews.ly/!DcD.FYoUO
    Sherry_B, DarlaMack and racerhomie like this.
    03-23-2017 03:34 AM
  14. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    And enable two-factor authentication if you haven't already!

    http://www.imore.com/how-set-apples-...ication-ios-10
    Everyone should do this no matter what.
    03-23-2017 11:13 AM
  15. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    The cybercriminals are demanding that Apple pay them either $75,000 in Bitcoin currency or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards.


    Bah wah wah wah wah!!!!!!

    Seriously? You're only asking for $100k? This is Apple. If they were asking for several million, I'd take it more seriously......or not.
    03-23-2017 11:31 AM
  16. firedept10's Avatar
    I have a hard time believing it!
    03-23-2017 05:01 PM
  17. wilber1's Avatar
    Sounds like Bull to me however maybe Apple should clarify this rumor for their many subscribers .
    03-23-2017 06:01 PM
  18. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I don't believe either article. I'll believe it when Apple makes an official statement to the public. Too many self proclaimed news sites are full of BS.
    03-23-2017 06:38 PM
  19. DarlaMack's Avatar
    And enable two-factor authentication if you haven't already!

    How to set up Apple's 2-factor authentication for Auto Unlock on macOS Sierra | iMore
    Yes... definitely this!

    I change passwords on everything every 6 months... lol
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    03-24-2017 07:07 AM
  20. robertk328's Avatar
    If they really had that many passwords/accounts, they would be asking for at least $76,000.
    Annie_i6s likes this.
    03-24-2017 08:05 AM
  21. DarlaMack's Avatar
    03-24-2017 09:08 AM
  22. LockOnTech's Avatar
    If they claim to have this massive cache of apple id accounts and have threaten to wipe it remotely (which I agree I have a hard time believing this) wouldn't a physical backup using itunes on a pc or mac and encrypt the backup using a password be a good failsafe if this were to be reality?
    03-31-2017 12:53 PM
  23. robertk328's Avatar
    If they claim to have this massive cache of apple id accounts and have threaten to wipe it remotely (which I agree I have a hard time believing this) wouldn't a physical backup using itunes on a pc or mac and encrypt the backup using a password be a good failsafe if this were to be reality?
    Or change your password so they can't get in And definitely have two-factor turned on! https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204915
    Rob Phillips and Spencerdl like this.
    04-01-2017 08:16 AM
  24. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Yes... definitely this!

    I change passwords on everything every 6 months... lol
    Best practice right here.

    And don't use the same password for everything! Your Apple ID password should be completely unique from every single one of your other passwords IMO. And use COMPLEX passwords—- mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters.

    The problem isn't Apple's security, it's the fact that people replicate their Apple ID passwords to other sites that are getting hacked. I experienced this a few years back. My Newegg account was hacked and they got into other sites simply because they had my Newegg login info and I used the same username and password combo on other sites.
    robertk328 likes this.
    04-01-2017 09:19 AM
  25. LockOnTech's Avatar
    Looks like it is safe to say that the ransom was bogus.
    04-08-2017 04:48 PM
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