Owners of Apple devices in Australia which include the iPhone and iPad have been held to ransom by hackers, a number of owners of iOS devices have reported that they have lost control of their devices.
The iPhones and iPads have apparently been sent messages through Apple’s Find My iPhone app, the device is then locked, and the owners were asked to pay money via PayPal before the device would be unlocked.
The message that appeared on the devices, which can be seen in the photo below said that the device was hacked by Oleg Pliss, and then asked for money to be sent via PayPal.
It would appear that the hack has affected a number of owners of iMacs, iPhones and iPads, and some users are completely locked out of their Apple devices.
Users of the devices who had set a passcode on their device were able to unlock the device after the hacker sent the message, users who did not have a passcode could not get their device unlocked.
As yet there is no official word from Apple on how widespread this hack is, and it is not clear as yet on whether this has happened outside of Australia.
If you own an Apple device, we would recommend that you install a passcode lock on your device, as this appears to be the only way of getting around this hack at the moment.
As soon as we get some more information, including some sort of official statement from Apple on what will be done to fix this issue, we will let you guys know.
Source Sydney Morning Herald