Were Millions of Apple IDs Really get Hacked? However, the story seems doubtful, as, on its Twitter account, the group affirm to have access to 200 million iCloud accounts, while in one of the emails, they claim to have access to 300 million Apple email accounts and in another mail, the number gets almost double to 559 million.
It has been discovered that a small group of hackers proclaimed to have access over 300 million iCloud accounts of the user and is threatening Apple to remotely wipe out data from those millions of Apple devices if their demands are not fulfilled. They asked Apple to pay $75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards for securing their user's private information.
The hacking group, who recognised themselves as 'Turkish Crime Family,' has requested to pay the payment in the Bitcoin or Ethereum, another popular crypto-currency.
Motherboard revealed this on Tuesday after a hacker claiming to represent the alleged hacking group shared screenshots of the mail conversation between the group and Apple's security team with the publication.
The screenshots of the email tell us that when the Apple security team asked to show the list of compromised accounts to confirm the claims, the group only provided a YouTube video showing accessing to one of the Apple accounts and remotely deleting all the content from the device.
What Should I do to Secure iCloud Account from the Hackers?
If hackers gain access to your iCloud account, then they could easily download all your photos and other private information stored in the iCloud. In order to secure your iCloud account from hackers, Apple has advised its users to change their iCloud passwords immediately and turn on two-step verification as well to add an additional layer of security to your account.
Users are well-known with the outcomes of the iCloud accounts if they get hacked. In 2014, iCloud hack causes The Fappening, in which cyberpunks have exposed nude photos of hundreds of female celebrities on the web, which were stored in their iCloud accounts.
Now, it is very complicated for Apple to confirm the claims. However, the company has given strict warning to the group saying that it does not reward cyber criminals for breaking the rules and regulation and also asked them to remove the video as it is "seeking unwanted attention."
The alleged hacking group requested Apple to pay the ransom before the 7th of April. Else, the groups are going to start performing a remote factory reset on the Apple accounts and cleaning the victim's Apple devices.
However, there is not any proof available to suggest the blackmail attempt had anything to do with The Fappening attacks. For detailed information, contact iCloud customer care executive using the toll-free number.
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