It may be a matter of moments before your Apple device gets taken over by a hacker wielding a Ransomware.
Based on reports from Australia, some iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices are being hacked, locked and held hostage until the owners send money via PayPal.
People woke up to “Lost Phone” tones, I Phone erased notifications and “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss” warnings delivering some unpleasant news this Thursday.
Queensland, western Australia, southern Australia and Victoria areas have all fallen victim to this infamous phone scam. Users are being urged to pay 50 $ via PayPal to unlock their phones.
People who did so reported that the same was done instantly. However, Oleg Pliss is an actual employee of software company Oracle, hence it is likely that the criminal is using a false name.
The immediate victims were those who had no phone passwords. Those with passwords were able to unlock their phones by themselves, prompting Apple to advise all their users to change their iphone passwords as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services.
Users with problems were asked to contact Apple customer service or visit their local Apple store.
Rumor has it that the issue stems from the Find my iPhone app. Someone apparently got to lay his hands on the list of users who used the same ID and Password for various IPhone services and conjured up this mayhem.
Apple has claimed that icloud was not compromised but the high number of users affected gives little benefit of doubt.
For the time being speculations are running rampant on how pranksters were able to get access to user information.
With the recent high-profile cases of databases being hacked and credit card information stolen, it’s important to take precautions to safeguard your personal data from falling into the wrong hands.