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Russian Oleg Pliss takers arrested over iOS shakedown scam

The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirms pick up and confessions
Tue Jun 10 2014, 11:57

Apple iPhone 5S in Spacey GreyRUSSIAN COPPERS have arrested two people alleged to be behind iOS demands that used the name Oleg Pliss and shook down Apple pips for ransom.

Oleg Pliss is not named in the statement from the Russian Interior Ministry, but it has all the hallmarks of the iOS shakedown that The INQUIRER covered last month, which saw users being locked out of their iPhones and iPads and held to ransom. 

"The introduction of new electronic services and services inevitably entails the emergence of new threats," said the Russian Interior Ministry in a statement. It explained that one such new threat is locking down user hardware and swapping access to content for ransom.

Users are always advised not to respond to shakedowns, and better security and backups are the preferred security approach.

Another option of course is the legal shutdown, and that is what the Russian authorities have done. In a statement it said that two men have been picked up, their homes raided and equipment seized. The men are not named, and we doubt that either of them is Oleg Pliss, but are placed in Moscow and dated from 1991 and 1998. At least one of them has been tried already.

"Detainees give a confession," according to the statement and their victims have been reunited with their iOS lives.

Apple does not recommend that people pay up for shakedown demands, and added that its data and user data has not been affected.

An Apple spokesperson said, "Apple takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident," when the Oleg Pliss attacks were reported.

The firm added that those affected should change their passwords. µ

 

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