Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Russian Hackers - Find My iPhone - Confess To Ransom
Two alleged Russian hackers have reportedly confessed to remotely hacking users' Apple devices and holding them for ransom.
Authorities are holding a 17-year-old and 23-year-old from Moscow on accusations related to locking Apple devices and demanding payment for users to access them again, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.
The confession comes just weeks after news surfaced that various Apple device owners in Australia said their phones had been hacked and received an ominous message asking for $50 to be transferred to a PayPal account. Device owners said their "Find My iPhone" alarm started wailing at the same time, while the prompt said the hacking was done by "Oleg Pliss."
Although it's unknown at this time if the suspects are responsible for the Australian incidents, Russia's Interior Ministry's cybercrime department website notes that the crime involved the "Find My iPhone" feature.
The site also notes that personal items such as computer equipment, SIM cards, phones and hacker literature have been obtained from the defendants.
Earlier this week, reports indicated that a new form of malware called SimpleShocker was targeting Android devices in Eastern Europe by holding mobile photos, videos and documents for ransom. It's uncertain if the incident in Australia is tied to the malware, too.