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Apple Users Fend Off Ransom Attacks Against iPhones & Macs
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Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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5/28/2014 | 9:14:40 AM
Re: More Research
The root cause is still unknown but some of the devices hacked were not password protected, at least the "find my iphone" feature was not protected. True apple does not know how the hack was performed but at least there is some detail.
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5/27/2014 | 6:04:16 PM
More Research
This article is very interesting and I think it very pertinent to reiterate that the ransom NEED NOT BE PAID because Apple can provide access to your phone without yielding to the ransomware's demands. 

After looking further into this many causes are speculated but none can be explicitly linked. Of these there are Man-in-the-middle attacks that allows users to go to a fake login page, providing the hacker with the icloud credentials. Or another plausible one that I have found is a Joe Job. Providing an offer that seems irresistable and having naive people try to redeem the prize. This is a similar scenario to the IE 8 vulnerability that was discovered recently. 

Whatever the reasoning, more research will need to be done to find the cause. This exploit/ransomware is not devastating because there are ways to mitigate. However, I think the underlying issue that is allowing the ransomware birth will most likely be used for a much more nefarious purpose in the future. This is a very dangerous situation, if the cause cannot be discovered soon.


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