Hackers demand Apple pay ransom or millions of iCloud accounts will be wiped

Apple and its iCloud facility are no strangers to being hacked. A group of hackers calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family claim to have access to at least 300 million Apple accounts.

The hackers say they’ve been in contact with Apple’s security team regarding a ransom of $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum (another decentralized blockchain-based distributed computing platform) or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards. They will wipe out hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts on 7 April should Apple refuse to pay up.

Apple told Fortune that its security team found no evidence of an infiltration. “There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID“.

In a new statement released Thursday, March 23, the Turkish Crime Family clarified that it collated the collection of iCloud credentials by combing through five years’ worth of compromised databases.

As Motherboard notes, there are some inconsistencies in the hackers’ story. At one point, they claimed they had 559 million accounts, not 300 million. Also, it’s not all that difficult to fake screenshots and e-mails. Then again, it’s entirely possible that they do have access to the accounts but are keeping details close to the vest. Potentially in an attempt to put pressure on Apple, as hackers sometimes feed information to reporters in order to help extortion efforts.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to change your Apple account password and enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t already done so.

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