Hackers use ‘Find My iPhone’ to lockout, ransom Mac and iOS device owners in Australia

How secure is the iPhones?  Did you know that hackers in Australia can easily get into your iPhones and hack into the “Find My iPhone” screen?  If you haven’t done so already, please put a passcode on your “Find My iPhone” that way hackers can’t get into your devices.

“A report from Australia’s The Age, as well as multiple posts on Apple’s Support Communities forum, confirmed a number of device owners were targeted in what appears to be a string of related “digital hijackings.” As of this writing, iPhone, iPad and Mac owners in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have been affected by the attack.  Those targeted in the attack said their devices alerted them to a “Find My iPhone” or “Find My Mac” remote lock, with many receiving an accompanying message reading “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss.” The hackers responsible then directed owners to pay up to $100 for a device unlock.
According to reports, the hackers appear to have gained access to users’ iCloud accounts as multiple devices show the same message simultaneously. It is unclear how this feat was accomplished, though password reuse is a likely scenario.  Savvy owners who set an access passcode for their computer or iOS device were able to regain control of their device following receipt of the message. Limited by design, Find My iPhone’s functionality only allows users to set a password for devices that don’t already have one logged.   Those owners who did not set a passcode prior to the hack were reportedly unable to take back their devices.” (Apple Insider)

For more information on how to secure your technology devices, please contact Cohen Electronics at 323-380-5612.  You may email us at info@cohenelectronics.com or visit our website at www.cohenelectronics.com.


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