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Hackers Threaten To Remotely Wipe iPhones, Demand Ransom From Apple

Hackers Threaten To Remotely Wipe iPhones, Demand Ransom From Apple

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.

Website Motherboard reported the claims stating they have received emails with screenshots of the cyberterrorists communicating with Apple's security team.

A hacker group is reportedly demanding money to delete a list of 500 million stolen iCloud login details.

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.

The group is now demanding a large ransom from Apple to prevent them wiping millions of iPhones clean on April 7. They tell us that the media members responsible for the account are no longer with the group due to their "lack of professionalism".

A group of hackers is rumored to be putting pressure on Apple over a big trove of credentials to iCloud and some other Apple email accounts. At one point, they claimed they had 559 million accounts, not 300 million.

In the absence of payment, the group plans to launch an automated attack on April 7 that would log into iCloud accounts and wipe their contents and the devices associated with them.

In a statement to Fortune, an Apple spokesperson said that no systems, including iCloud and Apple ID, had been hacked and that the list of email addresses and passwords the group are claiming to have "appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services". It's now unclear exactly how they gained access to Apple's servers, however, it's possible that the team didn't directly hack Apple but rather gained information through previous data breaches or used social engineering to get information. In addition, the company has threatened to share the communication with law enforcement authorities. Thankfully, the Cupertino tech giant has finally spoken, clarifying that there have not been any breaches of its systems and that user data is safe. They also claim they are accessing more Apple databases day by day.

Meanwhile, the Family says without the ransom, it will eliminate the data on April 7.

If users have reused passwords, the report advised them to create new unique, strong codes and enable two-factor authentication where possible.

The hackers also sent an email to WCCFtech claiming that their increasing "processing power" will set the platform necessary to execute a mass reset.

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