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Hackers 'ransoming' Apple

According to multiple news sources, a Turkish hacker group has contacted Apple and informed them that they have access to more than 300 million Apple accounts. The hackers have demanded a ransom from Apple, but Apple has reportedly refused to pay. 

According to multiple news sources, a Turkish hacker group has contacted Apple and informed them that they have access to more than 300 million Apple accounts. The hackers have demanded a ransom from Apple, but Apple has reportedly refused to pay. 

See Business Insider link http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-id-protect-password-from-turkish-crime-family-hack-2017-3 

Apple has since confirmed that their servers have not been breached, so if they have passwords, they may have been obtained from a previous breach of another company. It is possible that the hackers have tried these stolen passwords will Apple accounts, so users who use the same password for multiple accounts may still be at risk. 

While it is still unclear if the hackers actually have access to Apple accounts, CIS is recommending taking a couple of basic steps for anyone who has an Apple or iCloud account: 

-Change your Apple/iCloud account password. 

- Enable two-factor authentication on your iCloud account. By doing this whenever you log in to your iCloud account you'll be asked to send a six-digit code to your phone which will be used to confirm that it is really you logging into your account. 

-Do not use the same password for different accounts. If one company gets hacked and all of your passwords are the same, criminals will try to use that password to gain access to other accounts. 

Here are instructions on how to change your Apple password: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201355 

Here are instructions on how to change to Apple two-step 
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152 

Published Tuesday, May. 9, 2017

Hackers 'ransoming' Apple

According to multiple news sources, a Turkish hacker group has contacted Apple and informed them that they have access to more than 300 million Apple accounts. The hackers have demanded a ransom from Apple, but Apple has reportedly refused to pay. 

See Business Insider link http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-id-protect-password-from-turkish-crime-family-hack-2017-3 

Apple has since confirmed that their servers have not been breached, so if they have passwords, they may have been obtained from a previous breach of another company. It is possible that the hackers have tried these stolen passwords will Apple accounts, so users who use the same password for multiple accounts may still be at risk. 

While it is still unclear if the hackers actually have access to Apple accounts, CIS is recommending taking a couple of basic steps for anyone who has an Apple or iCloud account: 

-Change your Apple/iCloud account password. 

- Enable two-factor authentication on your iCloud account. By doing this whenever you log in to your iCloud account you'll be asked to send a six-digit code to your phone which will be used to confirm that it is really you logging into your account. 

-Do not use the same password for different accounts. If one company gets hacked and all of your passwords are the same, criminals will try to use that password to gain access to other accounts. 

Here are instructions on how to change your Apple password: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201355 

Here are instructions on how to change to Apple two-step 
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152 

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