Remember back in May we reported that there were Apple users in Australia who faced ransomware attacks on their Apple devices? Well the good news is that the alleged perpetrators have since been caught all the way over in Russia, according to a report from the Sydney Morning Herald.
The publication reports that two hackers were allegedly involved in the ransomware attacks – a 17 year old and a 23 year old, who have since been detained by the Russian Interior Ministry. Apparently this isn’t the first time they’ve gotten into trouble because one of them has been caught and tried before.
It should be noted that prior to Australians being victim to the hack, similar hacks were carried out in Russia a week before, so it is unclear if these Russian hackers are the same ones who targeted their Australian victims, or if it could be a copycat. However the suspects have since given their confession, although it was not mentioned to which crime they had confessed to.
For those who are hearing about this for the first time, a couple of weeks ago, Australian Apple users started finding their devices locked via Find My iPhone, which is ironic since the feature was meant to protect them. The only way they could unlock their device is if they paid the hacker (or hackers) a fee of $50-$100. Apple has denied that it could have been due to an iCloud hack, and some speculated it could be due to stolen Apple IDs from a phishing scheme.