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Biggest Apple account theft ever, but you're probably safe

Biggest Apple account theft ever, but you're probably safe
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Hackers have hijacked more than 250,000 Apple accounts in what looks like the biggest iPhone hack ever. The attack is called "KeyRaider" and it only affects certain iPhones and iPads. Yours is most likely safe, unless you did one dangerous thing we don't recommend.

If your Apple device is "jailbroken," it may be primed for a brand new malware attack. What's jailbreaking? It's a way of unlocking the iPhone or iPad to make it do more.

The people who were victimized by KeyRaider had jailbroken iPhone and iPads and were using an app called Cydia, which is specifically for jailbroken iPhones. The malware allowed data from more than a quarter million accounts to be uploaded to a database, including users' Apple passwords.

KeyRaider also could let hackers lock the iPhone or iPad remotely and demand a ransom from the user. This is yet another reason we strongly encourage you not to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad. KeyRaider primarily affected iPhone users in China, but malware attacks can come anywhere at any time.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone or iPad and want to restore it, click here for instructions on how to get it back to its factory settings. For the latest news on digital security threats, keep checking back to our Happening Now page.

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Source: Gizmodo
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