Cyber Attack to impact 1.5 billion Apple devices

Symantec, a cybersecurity firm based in California, has issued a warning to all 1.5 billion Apple device users regarding a potential cyber-attack targeting their Apple IDs. Researchers have discovered that threat actors can send deceptive messages to users, luring them to visit malicious websites through risky URL links. Clicking on these links could compromise their Apple IDs and cloud accounts.

In response to this threat, Symantec has advised iPhone users to adhere to specific guidelines to protect their Apple ID information. They recommend utilizing two-factor authentication (2FA) especially when accessing iCloud accounts from non-Apple devices.

This advisory comes in light of an SMS phishing campaign that began circulating on July 2nd. Hackers send phishing messages containing fraudulent links, often incorporating CAPTCHA to appear legitimate. Upon clicking these links, iCloud users are prompted to disable security features like Stolen Device Protection or 2-factor authentication, enabling further exploitation of their devices.

It’s crucial for iPhone users to be aware that Apple does not request the disabling of any security settings through messages or emails. If such demands are received, users should verify their authenticity via trusted sources or customer support, and promptly delete or block suspicious messages to prevent potential harm.

Apple, known for prioritizing user privacy and security, maintains strict policies against unauthorized access to user data, even by law enforcement agencies. They emphasize that any legitimate requests for user account access for criminal investigations should be made through legal channels.

In summary, while Apple ensures robust security measures for its users, it’s essential for users to remain vigilant against phishing attempts and unauthorized requests for security setting changes to safeguard their personal information and devices.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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