A couple of days ago, a hacker group calling themselves the “Turkish Crime Family” claimed that they had compromised about 600 million Apple iCloud accounts. The hacking group said that they would remote wipe all of the devices tied to the 600 million iCloud accounts, unless Apple paid them $75,000 in Bitcoin. However, today in a statement to Fortune, Apple has stated that there were actually no breaches to any iCloud accounts.
The Apple representative said, “there have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,” and that “the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.”
Although the data wasn’t from any Apple services, it’s unknown which services the data was from. There’s many possible data breaches it could be from, including a past LinkedIn breach. But, the important takeaway here is that Apple users data is completely safe, according to the company. So, it turns out that this supposed breach was nothing more than an attempt to scam Apple out of a nice chunk of change.
Hopefully Apple is correct and this will be the last that anybody hears about the situation. If it isn’t, then we will keep you updated on the situation. However, it’s always a good idea to make your password stronger if you’re worried that your data may have been breached at some point. If you find that strong passwords are a pain to manually type in, then be sure to check out our article on why you should use a password manager.