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iCloud support scams

Posted on April 25th, 2017 at 3:27 PM EDT

A Malwarebytes employee has spotted a new iCloud scam attempt. Twice in one day, she received unsolicited phone calls, supposedly from Apple Support, claiming that her iCloud account had been hacked “by Russian hackers,” and asking for her account information.

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An iCloud scam that may be worse than ransomware

Posted on March 16th, 2016 at 2:54 PM EDT

Ransomware – malicious software that encrypts your files and then demands payment to unlock them – has become a major scourge of the Windows world.

Mac users just had their first brush with such threats last week, with the appearance of the KeRanger ransomware. However, shortly before KeRanger, I encountered a ransomware event in the Mac world far worse than anything seen for Windows.

This hack seems to have turned an iMac into an expensive paperweight.

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Implications of celebrity photo iCloud hack

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 at 9:28 AM EDT

If you haven’t seen it in the news yet, I’m sure you will soon: the hackers who obtained and published nude photos of a number of female celebrities allegedly got those photos by hacking the iCloud accounts of those celebs. It’s unclear at this time whether iCloud was actually involved or whether news media have noticed two separate stories and glued them together. In any case, though, an iCloud vulnerability was real, so how concerned do we need to be?
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What to do if your Apple ID has been hacked

Posted on August 10th, 2014 at 8:51 AM EDT

Apple IDs are a popular target for hackers. This is not only because Apple devices have become so popular, but also because Apple IDs typically provide purchasing power. With an Apple ID, a hacker can purchase music and movies in the iTunes Store or apps in the iOS App Store or Mac App Store on someone else’s dime. Typical symptoms of an Apple ID hack are a sudden inability to log in or strange purchases showing up in your purchase history or on your iOS device. So what do you do if you believe your Apple ID has been hacked?
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Russian iCloud hackers arrested

Posted on June 9th, 2014 at 9:03 PM EDT

A couple weeks ago, a number of iOS users in Australia and New Zealand had their devices locked with a ransom message, by hackers who had gained access to the victims’ iCloud accounts through still-unknown means. Today, Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that two hackers had been arrested for iCloud hacking. Just as there was much bad reporting of the Aussie hack by mainstream tech press, the inaccurate reports about these arrests have already begun.
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