Apple Devices in Australia Locked, Held for Ransom

There's been a mass kidnapping of Apple devices in the Land Down Under. No, really.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald and other sources in the country, owners of iPads, iPhones and Macs in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Victor have received messages that they have to pay a PayPal account if they want their devices unlocked.

Similar reports have been flowing into Apple's support forums.

'Locked Itself'

On Sunday, for instance, a user called veritylikestea in Melbourne wrote, "I was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself." At the same time, a message on the user's phone -- not clear if it was an iPhone -- said the devices "had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and she/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR" be sent to an account at PayPal. A PayPal spokesperson has said that any payments sent as ransom to one of its accounts will be refunded.

The user added that "I did recently purchase some new apps -- perhaps one of these has something to do with it."

Other users have also reported that the name Oleg Pliss was used. The Herald reported that an Oleg Pliss is a software engineer at Oracle, another is a banking professional in Ukraine, and there are still others listed in Russia.

Other Australian users on the Apple support forum report similar problems and there have been similar tweets on Twitter. One user, Casey Maree, said she was "woken up at 2 am by hacked 'Find My iPhone' asking for money."

iCloud Hack?

The Herald said there were "dozens" of such incidents across Australia. Several have reported that it appears their iCloud accounts and "Find My iPhone" functionality were hacked to create this lockout. The Find My iPhone feature allows an account owner to remotely lock...

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Apple Devices in Australia Locked, Held for Ransom

There's been a mass kidnapping of Apple devices in the Land Down Under. No, really.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald and other sources in the country, owners of iPads, iPhones and Macs in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Victor have received messages that they have to pay a PayPal account if they want their devices unlocked.

Similar reports have been flowing into Apple's support forums.

'Locked Itself'

On Sunday, for instance, a user called veritylikestea in Melbourne wrote, "I was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself." At the same time, a message on the user's phone -- not clear if it was an iPhone -- said the devices "had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and she/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR" be sent to an account at PayPal. A PayPal spokesperson has said that any payments sent as ransom to one of its accounts will be refunded.

The user added that "I did recently purchase some new apps -- perhaps one of these has something to do with it."

Other users have also reported that the name Oleg Pliss was used. The Herald reported that an Oleg Pliss is a software engineer at Oracle, another is a banking professional in Ukraine, and there are still others listed in Russia.

Other Australian users on the Apple support forum report similar problems and there have been similar tweets on Twitter. One user, Casey Maree, said she was "woken up at 2 am by hacked 'Find My iPhone' asking for money."

iCloud Hack?

The Herald said there were "dozens" of such incidents across Australia. Several have reported that it appears their iCloud accounts and "Find My iPhone" functionality were hacked to create this lockout. The Find My iPhone feature allows an account owner to remotely lock...

Comments are closed.