Basically the hijack is being done using stolen iCloud passwords and the “locate device” feature to lock the device and display a message to the affected user.
Now how the passwords got out is something Apple is pointing fingers to the latest LinkedIn data leak or blaming it on users affected by phishing attacks. Getting past all the finger pointing and “he started it!” accusations, estimates are suggesting 40 million devices in the United States,Europe and Australia have been affected. But sources also suggest that these numbers may be blown out of proportions, but to have put such an attack on the radar a good hundred thousand victims would have been affected.
This not a new type of scam and since last February similar scams have been affecting the Apple’s line of devices.
In May 2014, cyber criminals targeted a large number of Australian Apple’s iCloud users with a similar attack, the attackers allegedly hijacked Apple’s Find My iPhone feature, in this way criminals remotely lock iOS and Mac devices and send messages demanding ransom money.
The attack normally happens when the actor uses your iCloud password to locate and trigger the “locate device” feature and hence can display a message and cause your device to make sounds to grab your attention. The message normally tells the victim to order the password by mailing to the given e-mail address.
The Mac-Forums leaked database is available for approximately $755 while HotScripts has a database selling for $1900.
Apple has issued support for users and there are suggestions to use a unique password only for the Apple ID as well as two-factor authentication and two-step verification process.
About the Author: Joshua Bahirvani
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Edited by Pierluigi Paganini
(Security Affairs – ios-devices, scam)
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