They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones. But recent headlines have given them a renewed potency, as potential victims could see the news and become confused. In short: iCloud wasn't hacked, although bad password practices mean many people's accounts are still vulnerable — but more on that in a moment. I just got hacked and lost all my money. I'm blaming my laziness in having the same password on several accounts including recently-hacked LinkedIn. In fact, most creators of such software are not criminals but legitimate software developers which simply benefit from the online advertising models and make money out of that. On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
The scammer will ask for the person's information, which includes details of their account. Roughly translated, the phrase was telling her that in order to receive a password, she'll need to email the address displayed. It's just assuring that their systems have not been compromised. Originally the group was believed to have access to 300 million icloud. They go down several times a year, Last time the landline was down was when they connected it 21+ years ago! One expert suggested that Apple should instead make it the default option. The stolen credentials, which included emails and passwords, were reportedly then sold on the Dark Web.
In total, 12 people confirmed that their password is or was at some point accurate. But a statement by Apple confirmed one widely-held assumption - that the data may have been obtained from other sites whose data has been breached. It even records the calls it answers, and some of the recordings can be pretty funny. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help! The hackers say at least 220 million of the login credentials are verified to work and do not have two-factor authentication enabled. If so, that may make a better determination about the scale of the hacker's threat.
For example it once sent 2 identical notices for 1 call and for another it sent 4! According to the ad, the Mac-Forums. The website currently has 291,214 members. I had used Hiya before Call Protect became available, Hiya is good, Call Protect is remarkable. Both are reportedly quite good, and you must sign up for them manually. Needless to say, this is just another form of the classic tech support scam, and if you get such a call, hang up immediately. Their reasoning is sound too, because even if only a small percentage of the list were being attacked, a few hundred thousand victims within a few months would standout like a beacon. Most of the accounts matched from June 2016, while data from and were also likely used to construct the hackers' iCloud data set.
We have continued to dig into this story for the past few days, during which we obtained more data from the hacker group and spoken to more victims, and we believe we have some idea where the data came from. Hunt's analysis showed over 99. In theory, phone scammers can't do anything if you don't give them your details or do what they say. Many of these services sound and act professional, and have been victimizing Windows users for years. Many of the victims have flocked to Twitter to warn others of the scam - some users are also sharing the number that was used by the data thieves.
To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. While most of them appear not to have been involved in the LinkedIn hack, we were able to confirm some of the emails and passwords provided by Turkish Crime Family are indeed authentic. With those arrests, it was assumed the scams were finished. An Apple automated call would be much higher quality, and probably use a real person or at worst, a Siri analog. They seem to be exploiting the recent headlines about a group of hackers who claim to have access to hundreds of millions of iCloud user accounts. The cache of images began circulating on Sunday night and is said to include nude or partially nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Kate Upton, among dozens of others. I can check via which phone numbers I have provided, too.
Telephone scammers are cold-calling people, claiming that iCloud, Apple's cloud service, has been hacked, and asking them to give up their accounts details. LinkedIn is hacked and their password is made public, then every other service where they have an account e. Tried deleting it and then reinstalling it a week later, but it still did the same thing. Apple says it hasn't been breached — meaning this data was likely to have come from a previous hack elsewhere, like LinkedIn. After asking several times to repeat his question and not understanding any of them I hung up. If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up. The people behind this kind of thing need to be set on fire, it's just evil behavior, whether or not they actually have the details they purport to have.
This approach works better than blocking the numbers manually yourself, since spammers are unlikely to use the same number twice when calling you, but they do reuse numbers across multiple people. Several of these photos have been confirmed as genuine, while several others have been written off as fake. However, the security facility remains an opt-in choice. The sheer volume of numbers said to be affected by the group's efforts has , who argue that these so-called credential stuffing techniques could be used to put together a convincing number of valid accounts to help the hacker group's effort to extort Apple for a ransom. This means if a site where they have an account e. Shy of that, it's looking more likely that Apple has to step up and take preventative action.
Apple says, however, that certain celebrities were the subject of targeted hacking attempts that focused on compromising their usernames, passwords, and security questions — a common and well-tread technique across the web. Unfortunately, they didn't have current backups, so a factory reset would erase all of their saved data. I routinely get warned about nefarious calls by T-Mobile this way so I can refuse the call right away. Blame others first then admit to fault later, if ever. Apple is reported to be just a week away from announcing , which would store credit cards, and — both of which will require significant security. There had been that this service was at fault, as someone had recently discovered and published a flaw in it that allowed a malicious party to continually guess passwords without any recourse. I was getting over a dozen or so spam calls per day.
In response to a ransom threat in which hackers are claiming to have access to more than 600 million iCloud accounts, Apple told there have been no breaches of its systems. Though Apple's statement doesn't make it entirely clear, it sounds as though iCloud may still have been involved in the thefts in some capacity: that is, Apple's customers may have had their iCloud usernames and passwords stolen, giving another party access to their account. That meant that even if people had switched on the two-step feature to prevent cyber-thieves logging into their accounts with a stolen or guessed password, the attackers could still download a complete back-up of their data by using Elcomsoft's Phone Password Breaker. The problem is that people keep reusing their passwords over and over. We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.