Your iPhone Could Be Wiped By Hackers if Apple Doesn’t Pay Up
Holding the world ransom for...$75,000 in Bitcoin
A group of hackers have allegedly managed to get their hands on 300 million Apple email accounts and are threatening to remotely wipe all the data unless Apple pays them $75,000 in Bitcoin and another $100,000 in iTunes gift cards, according to a story published this morning on Motherboard.
The hacker (or hackers), who are going by the name “Turkish Crime Family,” told the tech site, “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.”
They are not wrong.
Apple has been communicating with the hackers according to screenshots provided to Motherboard. One email from Apple asked, “Are you willing to share a sample of the data set?”
The hackers also posted a video to YouTube allegedly showing them logging in and out of various Apple accounts. Motherboard was able to see the video, but Mass Appeal is presently unable to locate it. In response to the video, an Apple security team member wrote, “We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law.”
Motherboard was not able to independently verify that the Turkish Crime Family actually do have the data other than seeing the initial video posted on YouTube. They have also been shopping the story around to other outlets, which is a common tactic hackers use to put pressure on a company to simple pay a ransom.
Apple was given until April 7 to pay the ransom.
Do you still remember your password to that old AOL account? Hopefully you won’t be needing it soon.