iPhone, Mac owners: How to stymie hackers extorting Apple, threatening to wipe devices


Security expert spells out steps to take, just in case hacker claims are legit.

Hackers claiming to have hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials have threatened to wipe date from iPhones, iPads and Macs if Apple does not fork over $150,000 within two weeks.

"This group is known for getting accounts and credentials, they have gotten credentials in the past," said Lamar Bailey, director of security research and development at Tripwire, of the purported hackers. "But whether they have that many ... who knows?"

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(Here's another winning argument for blindly storing all your data in the "cloud!")


Never argue with a pig. It makes you look foolish and it anoys the hell out of the pig!

I found out about this

I found out about this yesterday afternoon. I changed my password last night and backed up my device to PC.

Bad guys resetting devices is something to worry about but I'm more worried about them changing my password and denying me access to my account. If I can't disable Find My iPhone/iPad, I won't be able to factory reset the device and reactivate it, ever. In other words, the device is no longer mine.

Protect yourself

*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*