iCloud is often found to be syncing your data with all the Apple devices you connect it to. If you are an Apple device owner, your personal data may be at risk without your own knowledge. The data was reported to being at risk of removal by 7th of April.
It was reported that a highly skilled group of hackers had been keeping track of Apple user activities and willing to hack more than 300 million accounts all at once. They had threatened Apple officials about getting into these accounts and wiping all personal data off. In return they demanded a ransom worth $0.75 lac in encrypted currency or $1 lac in shape of iTunes gift cards.
This group of hackers commonly known as “Turkish Crime Family,” has been found to be asking for money for sparing these 300 million accounts. The money shall be in form of Bitcoin or any other online safe currency platform.
The story was discovered and reported by Motherboard, one of the reliable tech story sources on Tuesday. The hacking group gave proof by giving out the screenshots of their conversation with Apple officials over the matter. The hacking group said in a conversation with Motherboard:
“I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing”.
You can clearly see in the email conversation between the two groups that the Apple team had shown concern and asked for a proposed list of iCloud accounts from the intruders. In return, they had responded with a Youtube video, demonstrating how they can get into any of the accounts according to their liking.
After hacking millions iCloud accounts, they showed to the security team how they can take control over the data present in these devices. The group of intruders had reported the figure of accounts to be around 200 million in one of its tweets while in an email conversation, it can be found to be 300 million accounts.