Hackers threaten Apple to remove data from more than 300 million iCloud accounts

The group of hackers Turkish Crime Family is claiming Apple the equivalent of $ 75,000 in virtual currency or $ 100,000 in iTunes gift cards to not erase data from hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts.


Apple would have until April 7 to save data from iCloud accounts and mail accounts of hundreds of millions of its users. The site Motherboard , would indeed have contacted by a group of hacker being called Turkish Crime Family.

“I just want to get my money back,” says one of the group’s hackers at the Motherboard site. In this case, the group would have required the equivalent of $ 75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum virtual currencies , or $ 100,000 worth of gift cards to go to iTunes. Finally amounts thin enough for Apple, for a threat that could well be real and assimilated to a form of Ransomware.

More than 300,000 million accounts 

To try to put pressure on Apple, the group Turkish Crime Family would have contacted several media. Motherboard – which is a part of it – would have had access to a YouTube video on which hackers consult the account of an elderly woman, with access to the backup of her photos and the possibility of deleting all the data. The group claims to have such access to more than 300,000 million accounts @iCloud but also with the domain @me.

Turkish Crime Family also shared with Motherboard screenshots of email exchanges with members of Apple’s IT security team. “Are you willing to share a sample of the data? “Replied one of the Apple members whose address to the domain name @ apple.com and the header of the mail suggest that the origin is authentic.

In another screenshot, Motherboard can read a message in which the Apple team asks the hacker group to remove the video from YouTube and then add, “We would like you to know that we do not reward cybercriminals who violate the law “.

It is difficult to say that the threat is proven and therefore very serious. According to Motherboard, the group of hackers would also have become inconsistent by claiming first to have stolen more than 300,000 million accounts and then more than 559 million accounts. Besides the few screenshots and the YouTube video, Motherboard did not have access to more evidence that a large volume of accounts was actually hacked.

Nevertheless, Apple would also have told the Turkish Crime Family group that the mail exchanges were transferred to the US authorities. For users, this may be an opportunity to change your password.

Source: Motherboard