Apple devices hijacked and ransomed with Find my iPhone flaw

Apple iPhone 5S in space grey gold and silver

Apple iPhone and iPad users face the scary prospect of having their device hacked and locked by criminals, after a spate of incidents came to light that saw the Find my iPhone feature used against device owners.

The alarm was raised on an Apple message board where aghast Australian users reported iPads and iPhones being locked and a ransom message displayed after crooks took control of the device.

“I was using my iPad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself,” one wrote.

“I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal) to return them to me.”

Another user reported: “I have logged into iCloud and changed my password, I can see the hack message inside ‘Find my Phone’ in iCloud. I can see though that if I turn off Lost Mode the passcode the hacker set will still remain.

“Has anyone called the police? It is a fraud attempt after all.”

V3 contacted Apple for comment on the issue but had received no reply at the time of publication.

It is likely those behind the hijacks managed to gather Apple ID user names and passwords from another source, allowing them to login to iCloud, where the Find my iPhone feature can be accessed.

It could well be the case that the data used was some of that taken from the eBay hack that dominated the headlines last week, although with so many attacks breaching company databases, there could well be other sources.

27 May 2014 | 11:21 am – Source:

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