Yesterday, there was a report on Motherboard about the alleged threats to Apple and its Cloud-based infrastructure. According to the said report, hackers are threatening to unleash hell by erasing millions of Apple accounts if the company does not pay the ransom.
The said report from Motherboard claims that a group of hackers who calls themselves the “Turkish Crime Family” is extorting around $75,000 worth of BitCoin currency from Apple if it does not relent. It is estimated that the groups allegedly holds around 300 million user accounts from various Cloud services like iCloud.com, me.com, and mac.com.
Now, a new report says Apple is not going to pay anything to the said hackers. According to Fortune, the company released a statement that there have been no breaches at all from its Cloud services. The report also mentioned that these alleged data caches must have been taken from the previous iCloud breach.
Apple’s claims was further strengthened by reports saying that most of the email addresses contained in the new leak belonged to the previously compromised third-party services.
While this may sound like good news, it is still unclear whether a mass remote wiping is still possible. Apple did not clarify whether the leaked accounts have been updated or still active. However, a company representative assured the mass that it is constantly monitoring any threats in its systems. The company is also working closely with the law enforcement authorities to identify criminals involved. Furthermore, Apple suggests that users use the new two-factor authentication method in order to protect them from any malicious attacks.
In addition to the two-factor verification, users are also urged to update their passwords. As such, passwords should be long, strong, and unique. This will decrease the likelihood of it getting cracked by a hacking software. Another thing that can be done to secure oneself is to use a password manager. The macOS Sierra has its own password manager called the Keychain. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.