Is beginning in March 2017 knew no one the hacker group "Turkish Crime Family" (Turkish crime family). Now they make a piquant claim for a look: They want to have access to some 220 million iCloud accounts. About the want the blackmailers want to delete all user data of iPhones - unless Apple pays the hackers a ransom. Now the frightening message: Apparently, the "Turkish Crime Family" is actually owned by real iCloud passwords, as ZDnet found.
ICloud-Hack: Correct passwords captured
The London-based hackers have played ZDNet's data on 54 stolen iCloud accounts. The tech magazine contacted the owners of the accounts via the e-mail address and received a quick response from ten stakeholders. This included both older accounts with the ending "mac.com" as well as new addresses like "me.com" and "icloud.com". The ten contacted users confirmed that the hackers had the correct password - and have now changed their access data. None of the iCloud users had changed their password since opening the account.
To protect your data
From this sample, it is not necessarily possible to deduce the real danger. The hackers could have carefully selected the 54 accounts to reinforce their demands. Nevertheless, the allegations of the "Turkish Crime Family" do not appear to be quite unreserved. ICloud users should keep their data safe. All you need to do is change the Apple ID, create a local backup via iTunes, and enable two-factor authentication.
ICloud-Hack: Apple rejects the claims
Apple has not responded to the report of ZDNet so far. A company spokesman told economist Fortune about Hack . According to the employee, Apple is still busy investigating the incident, but there is no evidence that the iCloud or Apple ID are victims of a hack. However, the spokesman also stressed that the theft of data from external services can not be ruled out.
Hackers now demand more ransom
The US company should first pay the criminal band 75,000 US dollars (about 70,000 euros) in the crypt diet Bitcoin or 100,000 euros iTunes credit. As BILD found that demand increased in the meantime to 150,000 US dollars (140,000 euros). Other media reports of 100,000 US dollars per hacker - that would be a total of 700,000 US dollars. The criminals grant Apple a deadline until 7 April 2017.
Disagreement and amateur behavior
The Turkish Crime Family used social media such as Twitter to communicate with Apple , published a video on YouTube, and even issued a separate e-mail account to the US magazine "motherboard." The entire correspondence between the group and Apple is comprehensible "All the same, the hackers tried to reach more media to make the story public and thus continue to exert pressure.