Nice iPhone -- It'd Be a Shame If Anything Happened to It

A week or two ago there was the story about Android phones getting hacked and held for ransom, and now it’s iPhone owners’ turn:

A number of reports on Apple’s support forum tell of devices displaying messages that they have been hacked by “Oleg Pliss” and demanding payment of a US$100 ransom via PayPal to unlock them. Most of the reports were from Australians but there were also reports from a Briton and a Canadian.

The hackers seem to have used the “Find My iPhone” feature or its equivalent for other Apple gadgets to lock the devices and send the message, according to the forum posts that were first highlighted by Australian newspaper The Age.


You can access Find My iPhone from any web browser, so I’m guessing this is the result of a simple password hack. Beef up those passwords, folks.


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