iPhone, iPad and Macs that Were Hacked Urged to Change Passwords; Apple Issues Advice to Protect Users of the iPhone
Following the hacking of numerous iPhones, Macs, and iPads all over Australia (and some other places, according to certain reports), Apple Inc. (AAPL) has issued an advisory urging users of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers, to change their Apple / iCloud passwords. The hacking affected a good number of iDevice users who claimed that their devices were ?hacked? and a ransom was demanded in order for them to regain control of their gadgets.
The hacker used the name of ?Oleg Pliss? (who was identified as a real person involved in the tech industry, but is not in any way involved in the hacking), to probably give himself some credibility, and convince the victims that he could carry out the threat. The hacker probably knew that most, if not all of the victims would try to google the name ?Oleg Pliss? and find out if the threat is just a hoax.
The victims said that their iPhone, iPad and other iDevices, received a message saying that they must pay a ?ransom? of US$ 100 dollars in order for their devices not to be ?wiped?. The threatening message indicated that in order for them to retain their device’s data and get back control of their gadgets, they needed to pay the amount to a specified PayPal account utilizing a certain Hotmail e-address under the name of ?Oleg Pliss?.
Many victims have reported seeking help from Apple service centers and stores, and the same reports indicated that the victims needed to have their iPhone and other devices reset to factory settings, in order to gain control of the device.
Many tech experts posted quick remedies online, especially in disconnecting the ?Find My iPhone? function in the iPhone handset, which is suspected as the way the hacker was able to ?hack? the device.
Apple Inc. (AAPL) responded to this incident by urging users of iDevices to immediately change their password, contact an Apple store or service center, or their customer service team, to avail of any assistance.
Apple released an announcement via ZDNet that said ? Apple takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident. Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services. Any users who need additional help can contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple Retail Store.?
Australian telco service providers also advised their customers who use iPhones, iPads, and other iDevices to contact Apple directly.
PayPal also released a statement saying that the account and Hotmail addy provided by the ?Oleg Pliss hacker? was not a valid PayPal account (meaning, the addy was not linked to any PayPal account) and that no PayPal transaction involving the hacking incident ever transpired.
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