Skip to comments.iPhones frozen by hackers demanding ransom
Posted on 05/27/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT by for-q-clinton
Owners of iPhones and iPads have been targeted by a hacker who is freezing iOS devices and demanding a ransom of up to £55 to unlock them.
"I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it's still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me.
"Such scams have been around for years. By using the credentials to access an Apple iCloud account, the attackers can enable the 'Find My iPhone' service - this is not only able to locate a lost or stolen device, but also to set a passcode preventing third parties from accessing the personal data stored on the smartphone.
"This is clearly a form of ransomware, previously only seen on PC and, recently, on Android devices - although in these cases malware was used to trigger this behaviour. This campaign is further proof that cybercriminals are adopting criminal business models developed for the PC, applying them to new areas and fine-tuning their methods."
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
hackers should be skinned when they are caught
You spelled Bush's wrong.
Beware! Thou shalt not insult or impugn the blessed Apple, lest thou becomest the recipient of the Wrath of Rush!
As should the perps of identity theft. There is a general attitude that these kinds of crimes are “harmless.”
Flailing that they should be boiled in oil..............
Depends upon where he got the userid and password. If it was somehow scarfed from Apple, they absolutely, they are at fault.
It not, then the blame goes elsewhere.
It's pretty straightforward. If someone has that 'find my phone' feature turned on, then gives up the userid/password for it, you can pretty much bet you're going to get screwed.
If you don't have the 'find my phone' feature turned on, it's not an issue.
Discussed in much detail, here....
this is why cloud computer is just plain dangerous and a fools errand.
Someone should write a virus that wipes out the bank accounts of the writers of the extortion virus.
Respond back in an email... my payment can be found at the following link. Or my bank account information can be found in the attachment.
Its eBay's fault. Having said that, anyone using the same account info and password for eBay and iTunes deserves to be hacked. This is happening in Australia, not here. Guess they're not that bright?
I’m just surprised Swordmaker didn’t try to spin it as a hoax.
It is. . . and thanks for posting. The fault lies both in eBay and Adobe for allowing the theft of user accounts and in people who use the same user ID and password in all their accounts. . . not a good idea.
From eBay. As far as I know, eBay does not save your iTunes ID and password, which means people were using the same information for eBay and iTunes. People should know better, and use different passwords for different accounts! I have the "find my phone" feature on in my iPads, as it is useful. My iPad was stolen a couple years ago, I remotely tracked it to a hotel and gave the information to the police. Then later I remotely wiped the data. The thief must have been scared, because it was anonymously turned in to authorities and I recovered it intact. "Find my phone" is useful.
Of course you are surprised. . . Since you are the spinner on any Apple thread.
Lol, “That’s not a vulnerability, it’s a FEATURE!”
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I got an email over the weekend from eBay, everyone on eBay should change their passwords, as the system was hacked two or three months ago, and this has just now been detected.
Good call (lol).
I have tried. But ebay won’t send me the link to change my password. I have repeatedly done this and nothing appears in my email.
Any suggestions, please?
Is it possible someone has hijacked your eBay account including changing your email address? I’d call them.
I was never contacted by eBay. I went to my account, hit the edit or change (can’t recall which) next to password, changed it and then I did gt a confirmation from eBay.
I do high end engineering and manufacturing. Sadly, the software I spend 10s of thousands of dollars on per year, is going “to the cloud.”
You may be RIGHT! The email that is partly revealed, ends with the wrong letter. Thank-you.
Let us know!
I guess that that would make me a spinner too. :)
And I thought that I was the only one.