Cybercriminals have targeted a large number of Apple’s iCloud users with a sophisticated extortion scheme based on ransom request in Australia.
“I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me.” has written on the Apple Support Forum a victim of the new ransomware.
- Turn on two-step verification for your Apple ID Apple’s support page.
- Never Pay the ransom, in the specific case a PayPal spokesman confirmed that, ‘There’s no PayPal account linked to hacker email addr and any customer who has sent money will be refunded’
(Security Affairs – Ransom, cybercrime)