New Ransomware Scam Targetting iOS Devices Through Find My iPhone Exploit

New Ransomware Scam Targetting iOS Devices Through Find My iPhone Exploit

Apple Users Beware of Find My iPhone Exploit

We are warning all customers with iPhones and iPads to immediately back up their devices either to their iCloud account or personal computers. Several news outlets have reported that hackers are using a Find My iPhone exploit to remotely lock-up iPhones and iPads.

The “Find My iPhone” feature is a safety mechanism that allows a user to lock-down and erase sensitive data if their device is lost or stolen. However, in the wrong hands, this feature can be used to disable devices and, in the case of this attack, demand a ransom to reactivate it.

The hackers are using a classic attack known as “phishing” to set up sites that look like legitimate Apple websites. Users enter their email and password into sites, not knowing it is a fake. Then, hackers use this information to access and lock the devices using the “Find My iPhone” feature to demand a ransom in exchange for unlocking the device.

Back Up Before Its Too Late

Again, if you haven’t done so already, backup your data to iCloud or your computer. Users should bring their devices to the nearest Apple store if they’ve been compromised. It is important to set up your iCloud account and backup your data immediately. Doing so is the only way to get your photos, pictures and music back after a hardware reset.

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