Thursday March 23, 2017

Apple Responds to Hacker’s Threat to Wipe Hundreds of Millions of iPhones

It was reported on Tuesday that a hacker group claimed access to as many as 559 million Apple email and iCloud login credentials, which they threatened to wipe unless Infinite Loop would pay them $75,000 in cryptocurrency or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. My first thought was why they would do that when the Fappening 2 turned out so well, but luckily, Apple claims it is all total BS, although there are certainly many compromised logins out there and users should update their passwords regularly.

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Though Apple has not officially confirmed the authenticity of the data that the hackers say they have, an Apple spokesperson told Fortune in an emailed statement that, if the list is legitimate, it was not obtained through any hack of Apple. "There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID," the spokesperson said. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services." A person familiar with the contents of the alleged data set said that many of the email accounts and passwords contained within it matched data leaked in a past breach at LinkedIn.