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Apple denies claims hackers are holding iCloud accounts hostage

by Brandon Russell | March 23, 2017March 23, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

Apple this week has denied claims made by hackers, who say they are in possession of over 300 million compromised iCloud accounts. An Apple spokesperson provided a statement to Motherboard that says none of the company’s systems have recently been breached, suggesting users have nothing to worry about.

Earlier this week, a hacking group known as the Turkish Crime Family claimed to have access to the iCloud accounts, saying if Apple didn’t pay $100,000 in iTunes gift cards by April 7, they would reset the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe Apple devices.

“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,” one of the hackers casually told Motherboard a few days ago.

According to Apple, the information in the group’s possession was obtained from “previously compromised third-party services,” not from a recent breach on Apple’s systems. As a precautionary measure, Apple security experts are reportedly watching iCloud data closely.

Keep an eye out

Even though Apple systems haven’t been breached, the company recommends customers use strong passwords, and avoid using the same password for multiple websites. Further still, the company also recommends turning on two-factor authentication, which Apple users can read about here.

 

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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