You’ve probably heard all kinds of stories of tourists being kidnapped and held for ransom while on vacation in unfamiliar countries. But, have you heard any stories about technology being stolen and held for ransom? In Australia, hackers have found a way to gain access to iOS devices, lock them, and demand a ransom in return for release of control.
That’s right, according to The Age, hackers have been making the rounds in Queensland, SWN, Western and Southern Australia, and Victoria. Owners of iPhones, iPads, and Macs have reported having their device held hostage.
One victim in Sydney reported that she woke at 4:00 a.m. to the sound of an alarm with a pop up message on her iPhone that read, “Device hacked by Ogel Pliss. For unlock device OK.” After tapping the “OK” button, she was instructed to send $50 to a PayPal account before the device could be unlocked.