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iPhones frozen by hackers demanding ransom
The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2014 | Matthew Sparkes

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.

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"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.

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"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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: apple; australia; ebay; iphone; paypal; ransom; scary
Probably a case of stolen ID & Password; however, when this happens in the PC world Microsoft gets blamed. So now that it's happening to Apple products is it safe to blame Apple? Or are they still immune from insult?
1 posted on 05/27/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT by for-q-clinton
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To: for-q-clinton
Actually, it was eBay's fault.
2 posted on 05/27/2014 2:18:14 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: for-q-clinton

hackers should be skinned when they are caught


3 posted on 05/27/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Actually, it was eBay's fault.

You spelled Bush's wrong.

4 posted on 05/27/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: for-q-clinton
Probably a case of stolen ID & Password; however, when this happens in the PC world Microsoft gets blamed. So now that it's happening to Apple products is it safe to blame Apple? Or are they still immune from insult?

Beware! Thou shalt not insult or impugn the blessed Apple, lest thou becomest the recipient of the Wrath of Rush!

5 posted on 05/27/2014 2:21:51 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: GeronL

As should the perps of identity theft. There is a general attitude that these kinds of crimes are “harmless.”


6 posted on 05/27/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: GeronL

Flailing that they should be boiled in oil..............


7 posted on 05/27/2014 2:31:09 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: for-q-clinton
Probably a case of stolen ID & Password; however, when this happens in the PC world Microsoft gets blamed. So now that it's happening to Apple products is it safe to blame Apple? Or are they still immune from insult?

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.

8 posted on 05/27/2014 2:32:23 PM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: for-q-clinton; Swordmaker; All

Discussed in much detail, here....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3160639/posts


9 posted on 05/27/2014 2:34:41 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: for-q-clinton

this is why cloud computer is just plain dangerous and a fools errand.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 2:38:25 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: for-q-clinton

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.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 2:39:33 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

bump


12 posted on 05/27/2014 2:40:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: for-q-clinton
So now that it's happening to Apple products is it safe to blame Apple?

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?

13 posted on 05/27/2014 2:44:47 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: for-q-clinton

I’m just surprised Swordmaker didn’t try to spin it as a hoax.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 2:45:23 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: for-q-clinton
Probably a case of stolen ID & Password; however, when this happens in the PC world Microsoft gets blamed. So now that it's happening to Apple products is it safe to blame Apple? Or are they still immune from insult?

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.

15 posted on 05/27/2014 2:48:52 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: zeugma
Depends upon where he got the userid and password. If it was somehow scarfed from Apple, they absolutely, they are at fault.

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.

16 posted on 05/27/2014 2:51:18 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: VanDeKoik
I’m just surprised Swordmaker didn’t try to spin it as a hoax.

Of course you are surprised. . . Since you are the spinner on any Apple thread.

17 posted on 05/27/2014 3:01:30 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: VanDeKoik

Lol, “That’s not a vulnerability, it’s a FEATURE!”


18 posted on 05/27/2014 3:03:55 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: for-q-clinton; All
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19 posted on 05/27/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Swordmaker; Jane Long

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.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 3:17:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Veggie Todd

Good call (lol).


21 posted on 05/27/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: SunkenCiv

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?


22 posted on 05/27/2014 4:30:46 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16

Is it possible someone has hijacked your eBay account including changing your email address? I’d call them.


23 posted on 05/27/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: lulu16

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.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 5:21:27 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: longtermmemmory

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.”


25 posted on 05/27/2014 7:21:31 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Swordmaker

You may be RIGHT! The email that is partly revealed, ends with the wrong letter. Thank-you.


26 posted on 05/27/2014 11:13:11 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16
You may be RIGHT! The email that is partly revealed, ends with the wrong letter. Thank-you.

Let us know!

27 posted on 05/28/2014 1:07:46 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: VanDeKoik

Exactly. Lol.


28 posted on 05/28/2014 12:25:35 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Swordmaker

I guess that that would make me a spinner too. :)

And I thought that I was the only one.


29 posted on 05/28/2014 12:26:35 PM PDT by dhs12345
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