Ransomware hijacks Aussie Apple users

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Users locked out of accounts.

A number of Australian Apple customers have this morning reported being locked out of their devices and prompted to send up to US$100 to a suspected hacker in order to have them unlocked.

All the affected customers revealed that their Apple products - phones, tablets, laptops or desktops - were connected to Apple's iCloud services.

The users claim to have been presented with a message alert stating their device had been hacked, accompanied by a demand for US$100 for the hacker to unlock it.

The hackers appear to have gained access to user iCloud accounts and put the device into lost mode with a changed or new password using Apple's 'find my device' app. 

However, as detailed in a flurry of posts to Whirlpool and Apple’s support forum, affected users found a workaround to access their devices by restoring the device from a backup within their iTunes account.

Such a workaround appears only to be effective for users who previously had a passcode on their devices.

Apple customers reported receiving the “hacked by Oleg Pliss” message in the early hours of this morning.

“To unlock it I was supposed to quote some code and there was a green call button below the message. At the same time I received email messages from the 'find my iphone' app (on my computer) saying that my phone had been lost, then found. I wasn't sure if these were genuine or not,” one user stated.

The name Oleg Pliss is listed as an Oracle software engineer in the US and a banking professional in the Ukraine, among others. The issue has also been reported by a handful of New Zealand customers.

Apple has been contacted for comment.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Ransomware hijacks Aussie Apple users
 
 
 
Top Stories
Content, cost & constant innovation: How Foxtel plans to take on Netflix
Nell Payne inhabits the “brave new world of blue strings and networking”. Just don't ask her to put a TV screen on your microwave.
 
Sending in the drones
Margins are getting tighter in the industrial services industry, so Transfield Services' Stephen Phillips looks offshore - and to the skies - for the solutions he needs to keep pace.
 
Westpac fires starting pistol on core banking upgrade
St George readies itself for move to Celeriti.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  44%
 
No
  56%
TOTAL VOTES: 524

Vote