Apple responds to iCloud hack claims

Hackers threaten to wipe up to 300 million iPhones unless Apple pays ransom

The hacking group also claimed that they had been in contact with Apple and were demanding $75,000 in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, or $100,000 in Apple gift cards.

The hackers reportedly shared emails with Apple's security team showing a member of the group allegedly logging into the account of an elderly woman that was filled with backed-up photos.

According to a report Tuesday in Motherboard, a group calling itself the "Turkish Crime Family" claimed it could remotely access hundreds of millions of Apple accounts and could use that access to wipe users' devices. Apple says it is working with law enforcement to track down the extortionists, and told the group, "We do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law". Still, the Turkish Crime Family is brazen, if nothing else. Conditions have been presented to Apple, specifying that if terms were not satisfied before the 7 of April, the accounts would be reset to the factory state, remotely removing all existing data.

In other words, it is all someone else's fault, only a small number of people have been effected, and none of them were Apple's responsibility. 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. However, another declaration from the group said that they had a total of 559 million accounts stolen.

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In the absence of payment, the group plans to launch an automated attack on April 7 that would log into iCloud accounts and wipe their contents and the devices associated with them.

As yet, these screenshots are the only evidence that the group exists so whether the threat - or even the group is real is questionable. They also haven't provided any of the stolen iCloud accounts to verify the claim, meaning the one shown in the video could have been obtained through other means. They claim that they are carrying out the attacks in support of the alleged Yahoo hacker.

Apple is yet to comment on the breach, making it hard to confirm the hacker's allegations.

So 200m accounts obtained from previously compromised third party services is OK? In a statement to Fortune, the iPhone maker made it clear that there is no breach in the system. However, the company said it is keeping an eye open for potential problems and recommends that users employ security measures such as strong passwords and two-factor authentication.

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