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Apple Denies iCloud Or Apple ID Breaches
April 30 2017, 06:41 | Alexander Lowe
As many as 560 million iCloud and Apple Mail accounts could be erased on April 7
Fortune received a response from Apple about the overblown threat, and a representative explained that Apple's back-end security is as solid as it's ever been.
What's more, another self-proclaimed member of the Turkish Crime Family reportedly said that they had access to 559 million email accounts. The hope was that this would scare Apple into paying up $100,000 in iTunes gift cards or $75,000 worth of Bitcoin. Not only that, but the hackers gave Apple an April 7 deadline to meet the demands - or else they will start wiping both phones and iCloud accounts. However the company claims that if the hackers do have access to iCloud accounts, it is probably through third-party services and not through a fault of their own.
The group had also shared screenshots of their email exchanges with the Apple staff where the Apple representative (s) appeared to have made an effort to assess the extent of the damage caused by the breach.
According to a report by Motherboard, the cybercriminals identify themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family".
Apple is under seige from hackers and may have to save its iPhones. It's possible that the credentials were obtained from a hack to a service such as Yahoo, which has been compromised several times. This may be in an attempt to put pressure on Apple; hackers sometimes feed information to reporters in order to help extortion efforts.
The hackers claim to have access to almost 559 million Apple email and iCloud accounts.
According to Fortune, one of the compromised third-party services Apple mentions in its statement is likely to be LinkedIn, with numerous addresses and passwords in the Turkish Crime Family's list corresponding with ones stolen during a massive security breach of the business networking site in 2012.
The rep added that they are "actively monitoring" to prevent such incidents. The group also claimed that the inconsistencies were due "one of" their media members that is no longer working with the group due to "inaccuracy and lack of professionalism".
A person familiar with the contents of the alleged data set said numerous email accounts and passwords contained in it matched data leaked in a past breach at LinkedIn, reports Fortune. "Presumably Apple has decided that it's smarter to spend the money on secure backups and other security measures than to pay the ransom". Tyler Moffitt, senior threat research analyst at Webroot, an online security provider, said the threat proves Apple is vulnerable to attacks regardless how confident it was of its security. That's a highly debatable fact, but Apple is not taking any chances.