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Millions of iCloud Accounts Could Be Wiped if Apple Refuses Ransom

No less than $75,000 in cryptocurrency (Bitcoin or Ether), or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards — this is the exorbitant ransom that cybercriminals have demanded from Apple. The group, calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family, claims to have stolen access to 300 million iCloud accounts, and have threatened to wipe them on April 7 (tomorrow) if the corporation doesn’t pay up.

The cybercriminals sent a series of screen shots to Motherboard that apparently show the exchange of emails between the hacker group and Apple’s security team. They also provided access to one of the email accounts that they allegedly used to communicate with the company and lay down their conditions for the deal.

According to the messages on the account, the cybercriminals uploaded videos to YouTube to show how they were able to log in to several stolen iCloud accounts and even showed how they were able to access an elderly woman’s photos and remotely delete them.

Apple Won’t Be Had So Easily

Allegedly, an Apple employee had asked the criminals to take down the video that they’d uploaded to YouTube. The company also declared, “We do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law”.

There are a few holes in the attackers’ story. In the initial correspondence, they claimed to have accessed 300 million accounts on Apple’s iCloud, but on the Turkish Crime Family twitter account the claim was a more modest 200 million. In a later correspondence, the number jumped up to 559 million.

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 told Motherboard. It seems clear that one of the strategies of this group is to blackmail Apple by making their actions public, alarming as many Apple clients as possible.

However, a spokesperson for Apple has stated that “there have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID.” The supposed list of email addresses and passwords may therefore have been obtained through a third-party service that had been previously compromised.

The spokesperson also stated that they are “actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved.” We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if there is a real threat, or if the hackers are simply bluffing.

In any event, the company has taken the opportunity to remind users to use robust passwords, that they don’t use the same credentials over various websites, and that they activate two-step authentication to add an extra layer of security.

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Update Your Apple Devices to iOS 10.3.1 to Avoid Being Hacked Over Wi-Fi

Less than a week after Apple released iOS 10.3 with over 100 bug fixes and security enhancements; the company has just pushed an emergency patch update – iOS 10.3.1 – to addresses a few critical vulnerabilities, one of which could allow hackers to “execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip.”

The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2017-6975, was discovered by Google’s Project Zero staffer Gal

7 Things That Happened After WikiLeaks Dumped The CIA Hacking Files

This week WikiLeaks published “Vault 7” — a roughly 8,761 documents and files claiming to detail surveillance tools and tactics of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The leak outlined a broad range of flaws in smartphones and other devices that the agency uses to intercept communications and spy on its targets, making even China and Germany worried about the CIA’s ability to hack all

Keychain, Apple’s Cloud-Based Tool That Safeguards Your Data

Safeguarding your company’s confidential information, in many cases, calls for having your employees create and properly manage a series of passwords. Not only should they choose complex credentials, but they should also vary among themselves. And they definitely should not be saved in easily accessible places, like a text document.

Password managers come in handy in this task that is so indispensable to corporate security. For their part, companies that have Apple devices for their employees have the Keychain as an ally: it is a password manager in the cloud that makes things really easy when defending corporate privacy via robust password selection.

Activating this tool is simple: just go to iCloud Settings from an iPhone or an iPad and activate the Keychain option. From a Mac you go to the “System Preferences” menu.

Once activated, all the passwords used by the employee will be stored in iCloud, with its own encryption. Once uploaded to the cloud, it will be possible to use those credentials on all devices that are synchronized and authorized to do so.

However, the Apple Keychain is much more than just a place to store passwords in the cloud. In fact, it allows users to completely forget about the clutter of having several passwords since, when they sign up for the service, the keychain suggests complex and distinct options to those already used and automatically saves it. No need to commit anything to memory.

It is also possible to store credit card data and certificates to sign documents digitally. Thus, Apple encryption and its cloud service are one hundred percent responsible for security on the platforms used by employees.

By combining this tool with the right protection to avoid threats, your company’s confidential information will be safer. It makes sure that your passwords are secure and that they will not be stored remotely in any place. And those who want to spice up their passwords can still edit them (or delete old ones) to make them even more complex. When corporate security is at stake, it can never hurt to add extra layers of protection.

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How A Bug Hunter Forced Apple to Completely Remove A Newly Launched Feature

Recently Apple released a new Feature for iPhone and iPad users, but it was so buggy that the company had no option other than rolling back the feature completely.

In November, Apple introduced a new App Store feature, dubbed “Notify” button — a bright orange button that users can click if they want to be alerted via iCloud Mail when any game or app becomes available on the App Store.