Apple responds to hacker threat

Anthony Caruana
23 March, 2017
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iCloud, apple, macworld australiaiCloud users have been on ternterhooks, hoping their accounts haven’t been compromised. A recent threat, levelled by a group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family (bad gipsy really do lack imagination when naming their gangs don’t they?) said many millions of iCloud accounts were comprtoimised and they had the ability to remotely wipe millions of iPhones.

Apple has responded to the threat. An Apple spokesperson says

“There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.

“We’re actively monitoring to prevent unauthorised access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication.”

With so many data breaches having occurred recently – Yahoo! Has allegedly had close a billion accounts stolen, not to mention other breaches such as LinkedIn and Ashley Madison – this highlights the importance of not reusing the same account credentials on all your accounts.

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