Russia's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of two chaps suspected of conducting ransomware attacks on iPhones.
The Ministry's statement on the arrests describes a modus operandi that sounds an awful lot like that employed by “Oleg Pliss”, an entity that last month remotely locked iThings in Australia. Apple later recommended owners of iThings and iCloud accounts reset their passwords.
The statement alleges the suspects' attacks started with phishing,
which validates Apple's insistence that its iCloud service was not
compromised, but also mentions a second attack that Google Translate
tells us worked like this:
“The second scheme was aimed at binding
of another device to a prearranged account, and to that end at various
Internet resources to create ads for lease Apple ID, containing a large
amount of media content.”
Two men, one born in 1991 and another in
1998, were arrested over the allegations. The pair's apartments are
said to have contained “computer equipment, sim cards and phones used in
illegal activities, as well as literature on hacking computer systems.”