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  • Russian Police Arrests the Two Hackers Who Reportedly Hijacked Apple Devices


    The Russian police recently said they arrested two hackers supposedly responsible for “hijacking” Apple products via Find My iPhone, locking owners out until they pay a ransom to regain access. According to a statement from Directorate K, the Russian Interior Ministry’s cybercrime arm, the alleged hackers could potentially face up to two years in jail if found guilty of perpetrating the hijackings according to Re/code.

    Directorate K wouldn’t disclose how many Apple product owners had been hit by the attacks and also declined to comment on whether the victims were nationals or foreigners. Since the hackers went through Apple’s iCloud, they could potentially have hit targets anywhere in the world. The ministry believes the attackers used Find My iPhone to break into users’ devices and lock them remotely. Instead of using brute force or password reuse, the department said the pair of alleged hackers relied on two main scams. According to the ministry:

    The first involved gaining access to the victim's Apple ID by means of the creation of phishing pages, (gaining) unauthorized access to email or using methods of social engineering. The second scheme was aimed at attaching other people's devices to a prearranged account.
    The latter scheme relied on offering Apple IDs with attached media content for rent, therefore allowing the hackers to take control of a target device.

    Although the statement failed to recognize a series of recent attacks outside of Russia, the arrested hackers’ tactics are identical to those used to break into iPhones, iPads and Macs in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada. At the time, multiple users reported being locked out of their Apple devices through Find My iPhone’s remote lock feature. A message sent to many devices read, “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss,” and directed owners to pay up to $100 to a Russia-based PayPal account for a device unlock. For its part, Apple released a statement days after the hijacks were first reported stating that iCloud wasn’t compromised in the scam.

    Source: Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Russian Police Arrests the Two Hackers Who Reportedly Hijacked Apple Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Now the Russian cops should beat the hackers Azz in public as a lesson not to mess with people's Apple products and they should have to repay back to those who were hacked and a stiff fine and maybe some jail time or probation as well as forfeit any and all computer s and cell phones
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Now the Russian cops should beat the hackers Azz in public as a lesson not to mess with people's Apple products and they should have to repay back to those who were hacked and a stiff fine and maybe some jail time or probation as well as forfeit any and all computer s and cell phones
      So, because they were Apple products they should get a more severe punishment?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      arrested?
      hell no! They are now recruited to work for Russian Federal Security Service (successor of KGB)
      Ability to track all those iPhones out there world wide, all those government officials that carries iPhones GPS positioned...
      FSS is probably telling these two "you are thinking too small, can you imagine what we will pay you for the information you guys have access to if you had came to us first?"
    1. Pir8pete's Avatar
      Pir8pete -
      suckers