iPhone owners should beware: There is a potential threat of blackmail for Apple users. The criminals threaten to trigger a data erasure in millions of iPhone accounts. If Apple has not yet paid the required ransom, the hackers threaten to destroy the data by means of remote erasure.
What Apple says, and what you can do to protect your data, we will tell you now.
Data deletion threatens 220 million Apple accounts
As BGR reported, 220 million accounts are threatened by data deletion. A group called the “Turkish Crime Family” claims to be in possession of 519 million iCloud registration data. According to Hacker, 220 million of these are not protected by the two-factor authentication and are therefore acutely threatened by data deletion. Information about the actual amount of the ransom required varies between 75,000 and 150,000 US dollars.
Apple itself denies the hacker attack. Compared to Fortune, the company says: “There was no slump in our systems. The list of e-mail addresses and passwords obviously comes from manipulated third party services. “Thus, according to Apple, the iCloud and the access system Apple ID are not affected”.
The deadline of the Apple blackmail
If there is no ransom paid then the hackers want to delete the iCloud accounts. Whether this blackmail is actually true, is not yet known. Especially because Apple denies it. But what happens if the data is really stolen and the big deletion takes place? One thing should be clear: It could be possible that your data can be deleted from the iPhone, iPad or other Apple devices remotely.
You can use the function “My iPhone search” for it. It is designed for an emergency if you have lost your device or had it stolen. Then you only need to know how to access Apple ID. However, if the data is already in the hands of criminals, it is possible that for many users, the data will be gone. Including personal data like contacts, calendar entries,photos and videos.
Protection against data spam by Apple blackmail
Whether it is an Apple blackmail or not, there are ways to protect your own data. And these tips can help with data protection not only for this threat, but also in general.
- First, change your Apple ID password because it is the central access point to all Apple services and features.
- Back-up your data not only in the iCloud, but also create an additional backup on your computer. If the cloud is hacked, the data backup will be useless.
- A two-factor authentication is also always useful, because the password and the Apple ID are not sufficient. A unique security code protects additionally – but does not help in this specific case.
- You should lock your device with a code – not only for hacker attacks, but it also prevents access from curious children and jealous spouses! Then access is denied.
- It is also possible to disable the “Search for my iPhone” function. Then the mobile phone is not protected, if you lose it or it is stolen.