Apple iCloud Allegedly Breached By Dutch Hackers [REPORT]

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Apple’s iCloud security has reportedly been compromised by a pair of hackers who have been able to unlock as many as 30,000 stolen iPhones just in the last few days. The Dutch website De Telegraaf reports that one of the hackers is in the Netherlands and the other is in Casablanca.

Hackers unlock Apple devices

According to a translation of the Dutch article by Google Chrome, Chinese traders buy locked Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices on eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) for $50 to $150 each. The hackers are then able to unlock the devices even though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has “locked [them] because they are modified by the owner against his rules and are now easy to get rid of.” The phones can then be sold for a hefty profit.

In order to unlock those locked iPhones, the hackers use the apps on the phones to make them think they are communicating with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s actual server—the one that’s used to activate Apple deices. Security experts are concerned that the hackers can do much more than just activate locked, stolen devices. They believe it might be possible that the hackers can also read iMessages and much more.

Hackers expose Apple security

The hackers reportedly claim that they aren’t seeking money by hacking Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s server. Instead, they say they just want to warn users of the company’s devices about the lack of security for iPhones and Apple’s iCloud online storage. They said they worked on the hack for five months to get it to work.

We were able to track down what looks to be a Twitter account linked with the Doulci group, @AquaXetine. Today the Twitter feed has a photo along with a tweet which claims that the hacker group “processed” over 5,700 devices in just five minutes.”

Apple remains silent on the alleged breach

The hackers said they notified Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that they had breached iCloud back in March, but the company has not told users. Because of Apple’s silence, the hackers decided to tell Dutch media that they had breached the server in an attempt to get the company to admit that its security had been compromised. They say this issue is especially important because Apple has touted the safety of its products.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has not officially responded to the hackers’ claims or the reports from Dutch media, although the company is said to be working to plug the hole as quickly as possible.

Hackers love to play with Apple

While this may be the first time Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iCloud server has actually been compromised, hackers have long loved to target the company’s products and services. In March, hackers reportedly targeted Apple IDs by compromising EA Games servers. In January, hackers claimed to have breached Apple’s database, although many accused the alleged hackers of simply playing a prank rather than actually breaching the database.

There has been a long history of other hackers targeting Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as well, including everything from the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S to simply hacking each version of iOS.

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6 Comments on "Apple iCloud Allegedly Breached By Dutch Hackers [REPORT]"

  1. Hi! Can u help me hack account icloud?

  2. Its not alleged its happened last night to me..

  3. This article should be removed, it is completely misleading, and factually incorrect.

    Firstly, no, it is not possible to retrieve iMessages. iMessages are not stored with iCloud, or stored with Apple at all. And it doesn’t matter what you spoof, the device will not be on the send receive/list, and will not have the public key to decrypt them anyway.

    iCloud’s online storage is solid. These two “hackers” have not hacked anything to do with iCloud, they haven’t received any data they shouldn’t from iCloud.

    “While this may be the first time Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iCloud server has actually been compromised”

    No, it’s not the first time, as it has never happened. This article is completely based on either misinterpretation or click bait. Again, it is absolutely nothing to do with iCloud.

    Process to reproduce in 5 minutes, not 5 months:

    1. Use WireShark to monitor all network traffic.
    2. Legitimately unlock an iPhone’s Activation Lock by turning off Find My iPhone
    3. Look at Apple’s servers response
    4. Repeat step 2-3 to see a pattern, and what response the iPhone expects to turn off the lock.
    5. Edit the local DNS cache of your router. Change Apple’s Activation server’s IP to one of your own.
    6. Make the machine that has your IP always return the successful response identified in 4 when it receives a request
    6. No matter if the password to turn off Find My iPhone is wrong or not, the response the iPhone looks for is returned and unlocked.

    Simple.

    Now please either edit or delete this false article.

  4. the qre not dutch but dutch moroccans and icloud was breach in derb ghalef since a long time

  5. Huh? Where in the article does it demonstrate that they hacked iCloud? They never really talk about that.

    The hackers are doing a DNS redirect to have the phones communicate with another server to unlock them. That’s the only thing that’s described in the article. A DNS redirect can be done on the phone or on a LAN, and it isn’t particularly difficult to do.

    Maybe the title of the article is intentionally misleading, but there’s nothing that shows they actually breached iCloud at all.

  6. Funny how these stories almost never make it to the North American news and broadcast networks. This is fairly serious, even if nothing was compromised by this group due to their honestly.
    Why are iPhone users not notified of these breaches? If this was Microsoft, an Android manufacturer or BlackBerry it would be front page news.

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