Apple issues a statement expressing concern about the unpleasant incident
We were talking about this event not long ago and now Apple has already spoken about it, with a brief statement to ZDnet. The company is concerned about the situation of some Australian users who a couple of days ago found that their iPhone, iPad and Mac had been blocked victims of a computer hijacking. Apparently in the last hours, the attacks have spread with some isolated cases in the areas of New Zealand, USA and Canada.
In the statement, Apple denies that the problem is related to iCloud:
Hackers accessed the devices through a tracking app and asked for a ransom
Until now, it was said that the problem was due to the manoeuvre of some hackers who had managed to take control of the different iOS systems through the applications Search my iPhone, Search my iPad and Search my Mac (depending on the device) with an iCloud connection. Apparently, affected users received a ransom message linking them directly to depositing $100 into an anonymous PayPal account in exchange for unlocking the device.
The issue has ignited Apple’s own help forums, where everything is speculation, since it is not clear how these alleged computer hijackers obtained access to these people’s data.
As we were told in Appleinsider, it is rumored that those affected were somewhat left behind in terms of security, since users who previously established a blocking key were able to regain control of their iDevice . However, those who did not have a blocking key were unable to access the device again and had to refer the problem directly to the company on the block.
It doesn’t cost anything to be careful, set your own blocking key in iCloud to avoid scares
Hopefully this issue will be resolved as soon as possible, but reasons like this, as announced by Apple itself, we must be careful and it is advisable to always have a blocking key, as well as putting different passwords for the various services you use.
What do you think about this? Does iCloud have anything to do with this incident? In your case… Do you have a blocking key configured on your iOS device? We look forward to your feedback.