Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Australian iPhone's, iPad's & Mac's Hacked And Held For Ransom

Reported on the Sydney Morning Herald, some Australian Apple users woke yesterday to their iPhone's, iPad's, and/or Mac's being locked by hacker "Oleg Pliss", through Apple's Find My iPhone feature, with a ransom message saying to pay a certain amount, around $50 to $100, to a PayPal account, for their device to be unlocked.

While Apple has yet to comment on the issue, many have suggested that this attack could of been the case of password reuse on various websites - those passwords which might of been compromised on other sites - and not an attack on

Either way, there are a few steps you can take to prevent being locked out of your iOS devices by a hacker.

Firstly; always use a strong, unique password on every site. Never reuse a password.

Second, use a Passcode on your iOS devices. If you have a passcode on your device, it can not be changed through Find My iPhone.

And lastly, use two-factor verification. This requires you to enter a code that is sent to a device before allowing certain changes to your account.


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