Apple, PayPal React to iPhone Ransom Scam

Apple mobile devices in Australia were taken captive -- or at least thatEUs what hackers wanted users to think. The iPhone-makerEUs forum was buzzing with posts about receiving lost iPhone alerts and demands for money to unlock the devices. Users were told they had to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 via PayPal to regain access to their devices.

EUI was using my iPad a short while ago, when suddenly it locked itself . . ." VerityLikestea wrote on the forum. EUI went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (itEUs still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by EUOleg PlissEU and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by PayPal).EU

Apple and PayPal are assuring users they are on top of the issue. In a public statement, PayPal assured users that if any money was sent its Buyer Protection program would cover them. And Apple made it clear that it takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident.

EUImpacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services,EU Apple said in a statement. EUAny users who need additional help can contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple retail store.EU

Garden-Variety Phishing?

We caught up with Andrew Jaquith, CTO and Senior Vice President of Cloud Strategy at cloud security solutions provider SilverSky, to get his take on the problem. He told us, as far as he can tell, this is a garden-variety phishing attack.

EUSomebody is sending phishing e-mails, supposedly from Apple, that is causing naive customers to disclose their iCloud credentials,EU Jaquith said. EUThe attacker is then probably logging into iCloud and turning on Lost Mode with a custom EULock MessageEU that contains the ransom note.EU

As he sees the iCloud scam,...

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