(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Apple and Australian authorities are advising users to change their iCloud and Apple ID passwords following the multiple attacks that occurred in Australia earlier this week.
On Tuesday, many woke to find that they were locked out of their iPhones, iPads, and Macs by a message stating, “Hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock debice YOU NEED send voucher code by 100 $/eur one of this(Moneypack/UKash/PaySafeCard)to [email protected] I sent code 2618911226.”
It is uncertain how the hacker compromised these devices, though a report from Troy Hunt on Gizmodo suggests the attack could have been done by remotely locking the devices using the “Find my iPhone” feature.
According to the report, the attacker would first have to gain access to the victim’s iCloud account to activate “Find my iPhone,” in which they would be able to see all the devices linked to that account.
Once the feature is activated, the hacker could put the devices into “Lost Mode” which displays a message to whoever finds the phone, in this case the actual owner of the device.
Initially these Apple hijackings only occurred in Australia, though reports on Apple’s support thread show that the attacks have spread to the United States, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
“With the possibility that this attack is linked to your ‘Apple ID’, affected users are advised to change [their] Apple ID password as soon as possible,” wrote the Australian Government Initiative, Stay Smart Online. “Users not affected may also consider changing their Apple ID password as a precaution.”
Apple also encourages customers to change their passwords and advises users to contact AppleCare or visit an Apple store for further help.