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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Apple says iCloud and Apple IDs not compromised, despite ransom attempt

There was a story going around the other day that a group of hackers calling itself “Turkish Crime Family” were holding some 500 million Apple email and iCloud accounts ransom unless Apple paid it a bunch of money.

Which sure sounds scary, but in a statement provided to Fortune, Apple says this is untrue:

“There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,” the spokesperson said. “The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.”

Even if it’s not true, it’s still a reminder to make sure your Apple ID and iCloud accounts are as secure as possible, especially by making sure that you’ve enabled two-factor authentication.1

  1. And, because it’s confusing, let’s remind you that Apple’s newer two-factor authentication is not the same as its older two-step verification. Check the link for more. 
—Linked by Dan Moren

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