Sorry BlackBerry fans, it looks like even more iPhone news is hitting good ol’ UTB blogs. Now, don’t get the idea that we are straying from BlackBerry of course, because we are not. But there is just so much Apple news out there right now. And as a BlackBerry fan, I could care less if Tim Cook is making up for deficiencies he may feel he has compared to Steve Jobs by building a bigger iPhone, but when what may just be the second major iPhone hack may be occurring in as many weeks, I think BlackBerry fans might want to know. Earlier today Grim alerted me to this:
veritylikestea Melbourne, Australia
May 26, 2014 4:57 AM
i was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself, and was askiwhich I’d never previously set up. I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org to return them to me.
I have no idea how this has happened. I am not aware of having been exposed to malware or anything else, although i did recently purchase some new apps – perhaps one of these has something to do with it? I don’t know. I am not sure what avenue has been used to reach my devices – I’m about to use my husband’s laptop to check through some of my accounts (gmail, etc) and see if there is any clue there.
Has this happened to anyone else? What can or should I do? Many thanks
This is the original message taken from Apple Support Communities. This post is followed by 11 pages and upwards of 20 separate people with the same issue. It seems most, but not all, are from Australia.
Also, Ital1 sent me a link to Romeo Miller’s Instagram account. There is something terribly wrong with his iPhone!
romeomiller WTF! This will be reported and the police will find you! There is no more privacy in this damn generation! As I was locked out of my phone for 5 whole mins, I could see this person access my pics, my documents, and a lot of my celeb friends. If you wanna see my junk just ask. Geesh! Lol but seriously… This is FUCKED up and will be handled! No telling what info this creep has STOLEN! #BullShit #Hackers #BustHisAss
Something to note, is that you don’t need Instagram on your phone to watch this, it should pop right up in your BB10 browser and play perfect. It’s been so long since I tried Instagram, I didn’t know it worked so well. I was proud of myself for remembering my old login so I could leave a message that he should buy a BlackBerry.
These two hacks seem to be unrelated to each other, and what is actually happening? I don’t know yet. But we will be watching. Mainstream media seems to ignore the flaws in iPhone. We seek to expose them. And hope that you will join us in sharing these issues. Let’s help save our friends from having their personal info hacked because they chose a substandard phone. Let’s be sure to let them know which phone platform will keep them safe.
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