The iPhone hack that started in Australia and New Zealand is spreading to the United States and the United Kingdom.
In a forum thread Apple users said the widely-reported ransomware attack under the name of Oleg Pliss spread to the U.S. and the United Kingdom, in addition to Australia and New Zealand.
“I’m in the US. Never been to Australia. Hacked last night by the Oleg Pliss nonsense. Currently restoring to try and get it back online,” said wheelman2188 on the Apple Support Communities forum thread.
This attack could spread globally, and many users could actually fall for the scam and pay up the $100/€100 without any guarantees that the crooks will unlock their Apple IDs.
The whole attack could have come about through a phishing email.
Phishing is a common practice used by cybercriminals to steal user names and passwords, and the Apple community has had its fair share these attacks for the past few years. Suffice to say iOS is on its way to becoming what Windows has been for the hacking community for the past decade: A sea of opportunities.
Earlier this month, an email purporting to be from Apple was sent to various iOS/OS X users with the following message:
“Dear Apple Customer,
“Your Apple ID has been Disabled for Security Reasons!
“Someone just tried to sign in into your Apple account from other IP Address.
Please confirm your identity today or your account will be Disabled due to concerns we have for the safety and integrity of the Apple Community.
“To confirm your identity, we recommend that you go to
This note came from a user who managed to avoid getting hit by the hack, but others may not be so fortunate. If you know you’ve answered to this email as instructed, change your Apple ID password ASAP.