Apple denied since the beginning of the week rumored rumors that hackers had broken into the system of the group and had captured the data of up to 559 million Apple or iCloud accounts. According to Motherboard, economic opinion magazine Fortune has a corresponding opinion.
Hackers are calling for iTunes gift cards
As Motherboard reported on Monday, hackers of the group “Turkish Crime Family” allegedly launched an extortion attempt against Apple by threatening to delete devices of up to 559 million Apple and iCloud accounts remotely, unless Apple is To meet the demands of hackers to transfer $ 75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, alternatively $ 100,000 in iTunes gift cards. The hackers are supposed to have Apple for the claims an ultimatum to the 7th of April. The hackers, however, contradict each other in their threats, while in other places there are 300 instead of 559 million access data.
The alleged hackers are quoted by Motherboard, that they would only go about the money. Screenshots of alleged conversations between the hackers and the security team of Apple are supposed to underpin the allegations of a break-in into the system of Apple. Apple’s security team reportedly requested more information from the group in the conversations. Motherboard is supposed to have access to the e-mail account used by the hackers for the conversations with Apple.
Apple denies burglary
Everything is not true, but Apple now confronts Fortune. An official statement from the group states that there have been no breaks in Apple’s systems, neither iCloud nor Apple ID. The alleged list of e-mail addresses and passwords seems to have been exploited by previously compromised third-party services, according to Apple.
Fortune cites an allegedly familiar with the contents of the list, according to which information the e-mail accounts and passwords partly coincide with a break-in into the systems of LinkedIn, which has belonged to Microsoft since summer 2016, in part. At that time, access data from more than 100 million LinkedIn users had been stolen, but the extent of the burglary has only been known since last year.
Activation of two-factor authentication recommended
Apple is actively monitoring its own systems to detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts, Fortune says in the statement. Apple is working with law enforcement agencies to identify potentially involved in the alleged assault. To protect against such attacks, Apple recommends the use of secure passwords, the use of different passwords for different services, and the activation of two-factor authentication.