Apple Denies Claim That Its System Was Hacked (AAPL)

The group said it has access to hundreds of millions of iCloud and Apple accounts and intends to wipe the devices associated with those accounts if Apple doesn't pay a ransom.

Writing in Motherboard earlier this week, Joseph Cox said the self-identified "Turkish Crime Family" had provided his publication with screenshots purportedly showing the hackers' email conversations with members of Apple's security team.

Motherboard reported that a group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family was claiming to have stolen details for upwards of 300 million iCloud accounts in a bid to extort money from Apple.

In this particular case with the Turkish Crime Family, beyond what the hackers have shared with Motherboard, there is little proof of the authenticity of threats. They have given Apple until April 7 to meet their ransom demands. With the email-password combination being the same on multiple sites, it makes it a lot easier for hackers to compromise even more data based on the data they already have.

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A video of the hackers opening some of the alleged stolen accounts was uploaded to YouTube, the report said, with footage of what was said to be a log-in into an elderly woman's iCloud account.

Interestingly, the user data that they criminals allegedly possess appears to resemble that of the LinkedIn data breach that happened a year ago.

KitGuru Says: Apple is one of the most cyber-security conscious tech companies around so I'm not surprised to hear that this threat was nothing but smoke.

According to Apple, the information in the group's possession was obtained from "previously compromised third-party services", not from a recent breach on Apple's systems.

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"Update: We are still strengthening our infrastructure for the attack, we now have more people getting involved with us day by day that are providing us with more databases for the attack which will be on 7 April 2017".

Apple said it will continue to "actively monitor" the situation and work with law enforcement to ensure that user data remains safe.

However, if the hackers' demands are not met with, they will remove a large number of iCloud accounts along with other e-mail accounts of iPhone users.

Apple recommends that all iCloud users choose strong passwords, use different passwords for different sites, and turn on two-factor authentication to protect their accounts.

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The hackers stated that they would also accept payment in the form of $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards.

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