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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 Appleā€™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.  ↩