Posted: 1 September, 2015
The Largest Case Of Apple Account Hacks Have Hit Australia
What the hack is this?
Hackers have stolen Apple account details from 225,000 iPhones from 18 countries, including Australia.
Researchers from Palo Alto Networks, have described the hack-attack as the “largest known Apple account theft caused by malware” - eek!
The malware, named ‘KeyRaider’ reportedly uses stolen account details to “download applications from the official App Store and make in-app purchases without actually paying”.
Using the stolen key information, the hackers can lock users out of their own phone, with at least one person reporting a ransom note had displayed on their screen.
The researchers say the hack only affects Jailbroken iOS devices and is mainly spread through the third-party Chinese app store Cydia.
If you are concerned about your iPhone’s security, Palo Alto offers a ‘Protection and Prevention’ method at the bottom of their analysis here
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