A hackers group calling itself ‘Turkish Crime Family’ has claimed access to over 500 million iCloud accounts, and has threatened Apple to wipe out these accounts if they do not pay a ransom amount.
The hackers group claims to have verified approximately 200 million of these credentials, providing access to iCloud accounts that have two-factor authentication security measure on.
The initial ransom amount demanded by the hackers was $75000 in cryptocurrency (Bitcoins), or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. The ransom amount was later increased to $150,000. The group has said they would delete the compromised iCloud credentials only after Apple pays the ransom amount.
Apple has been given a deadline of 7th April 2017 for the ransom to be paid.
So far Apple has not paid the ransom amount, and has not officially confirmed the authenticity of the data claimed by the hackers. But Apple has categorically denied any security breach of its systems.
Here is what Apple’s official statement on the issue reads:
“There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,” the spokesperson said. “The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.”