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Two Russians confess for using Apple iCloud 'ransomware' tactics

Two Russians have been arrested for their role in Apple iCloud ransomware attacks targeting users.

Published Mon, Jun 9 2014 3:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced two people have been arrested - and confessed - for their role in compromising Apple device owners with ransomware attacks. The suspects phished users and compromised iCloud logins, and used the stolen credentials to lock iPhones, iPads and Mac devices. Most users were affected in Australia, but Apple owners in the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand also fell victim. Both hackers, living in Moscow, are reportedly 17 and 23 years of age.

Two Russians confess for using Apple iCloud 'ransomware' tactics | TweakTown.com

Russian authorities have seized PCs, mobile phones, and SIM cards reportedly used to launch the ransomware attacks.

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly common, as cybercriminals are able to compromise users and demand payment for access to devices and technology. In addition to the two people already arrested in Russia, other groups are reportedly trying to launch similar attacks on users.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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