Apple Denies They Were Hacked, But “Turkish Crime Family” Offers Proof Of Account Data
On Thursday, Apple issued a statement to Fortune in which they denied that there had been any hack of their servers and that users’ personal date was safe. They denied any breaches of their systems, and this includes Apple ID and Cloud. They said the alleged list of compromised emails and passwords were obtained from previously hacked third-parties.
The London-based hacker group who call themselves the “Turkish Crime Family” claims to have obtained 250 million accounts. The hackers have demanded that Apple pay a ransom in bitcoins or they will remotely delete all the data from the devices linked to the accounts.
200 Million iCloud accounts will be factory reset on April 7 2017
— Turkish Crime Family (@turkcrimefamily) March 21, 2017
Apple has denied that their servers were hacked, but the hackers recently released some new information that does lend some credence to their claims of possessing account information. The hackers sent the login info for 54 accounts to ZD Net which confirmed that the information was legitimate. It is speculated that the data was obtained through a past breach and is not the result of a recent hack.
Despite this news, Apple maintains that a remote wipe of users’ data is not going to happen. A spokesperson for the company said that the Apple is proactively monitoring their systems to prevent user accounts from being accessed unlawfully and they’re working with authorities to identify those criminals involved. They recommend to always use strong passwords, not duplicating passwords across sites and to protect themselves with two-factor auhentication.
Aside from the money, the hacker group says that they are targeting Apple in retaliation for the recent arrests of a group of Russian hackers who hacked Yahoo in 2014.
The group stated they’re doing this for two individuals, Kerem Albayrak and Karim Baratov, both who are currently detained for hacking Yahoo. Albayrak is also accused of listing the Yahoo database online for sale.
As stated above, Apple is confident that their customer’s date is safe, but, just to be sure, it couldn’t hurt to reset your password.
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