Hackers like those associated with the Turkish Crime Family are banking that people won’t protect their accounts and devices. Hackers know how critical it is to change their passwords often and to utilize two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible.
But they make their money on people who, although they might know how important clever passwords and 2FA are, simply don’t care enough to do much about it. Recently the Turkish Crime Family threatened to remotely wipe at least 200 million Apple devices unless Apple pays them a ransom of $75,000-$100,000.
In a LinkedIn article, Greg Leffler explains how “everyone who uses an Apple device could change their iCloud password to something unique and then enable two-factor authentication.” According to the original article from Motherboard.Vice.com, if Apple doesn’t pay the extortion, and if people don’t improve their security, April 7, 2017 will be a day that hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads could lose all their data.
Strong Passwords and Two-Factor Authentication
An Apple spokesperson told Motherboard in an email, “There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services. We’re actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts. We are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication.”
Trust Guard agrees with the Apple spokesperson. It recommends that online and mobile device users change their strong passwords at least once every three months.
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