Claims of hackers who threatened to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones lack credibility, say experts

A hacker group called the 'Turkish Crime Family' had threatened Apple that they would wipe “hundreds of millions” of iPhones if they weren’t given $75,000. Apple found there was nothing to fear and ignored them. More evidence has now emerged that the hacker group cannot follow through on its claims.


A hacker group called the 'Turkish Crime Family' had threatened Apple that they would wipe “hundreds of millions” of iPhones if they weren’t given $75,000. Apple found there was nothing to fear and ignored them. More evidence has now emerged that the hacker group cannot follow through on its claims.

Those who spoke to the hackers received no evidence to verify the hackers’ claims. While the hackers did appear to have the login information of thousands of users, it was believed that the information was sourced from various other leaks. This has now been confirmed.

ZDNet examined 70,000 allegedly hacked accounts and found that nearly all of the information could be sourced from previous leaks. The Verge points to a Motherboard story which suggests that the hackers tried to get Leakbase to give them $3,000 in exchange for some free publicity for the breach notification site.

There have been a number of high-profile data breaches in the past and the login information for hundreds of millions of accounts on various platforms is readily available online. Given the very human tendency to reuse passwords and login credentials, there’s always going to be an overlap. This is the most likely explanation for the hackers having access to the login information for so many accounts.

Apple examined its servers and found no evidence of a data breach.

If you’re really worried about losing your account information, simply backup your phone, reset your password and enable two-factor authentication.

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