“A number of iOS device users in the United States and Europe have recently become victim of a scary ransom scam,” Brent Dirks reports for AppAdvice. “Their device is placed into lost mode, and the scammers demand a payment – anywhere from $30 to $50 – to unlock their iPhone or iPad.”
“Hackers first need to acquire a compromised an Apple ID by phishing, social engineering, data breach, or other method,” Dirks reports. “There are a number of outlets online where hackers can purchase compromised Apple IDs.”
Dirks reports, “The best way to protect against this kind of attack is to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last year on the occasion of the ‘Fappening’ celebrity nude leaks:
Too many people use one password for multiple services and weak passwords at that. Once hackers guess that password, they then have access to all sorts of things: cloud storage, bank accounts, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc… Social engineering hacks can be thwarted, at least for iCloud. Use two-step verification for Apple ID to keep your personal information as secure as possible. More info here.
Intern: Tap that keg!