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Demands for ransom as iPhones are hacked

By Martyn Landi

People with iPhones in the UK and Australia have reported their smartphones being hacked, and a ransom demanded in order to unlock them.

Users have taken to the official support forums on the Apple website to complain about the issue, with iPhone owners reporting that a message appears onscreen saying they have been hacked, and must pay between AU$50 and $100 (£55) in order to get their device unlocked.

According to analysts, the hacker, who identifies themselves as 'Oleg Pliss', is using the Find My iPhone app to send the messages and lock devices.

Apple is yet to offer any official comment on the hack, but an Australian government website has told users to change the password of their Apple ID, used to log-in on Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad, in order secure their device.

The Find My iPhone app has a remote access feature that enables users to remotely lock and wipe their device should it be stolen or lost. Experts believe it is this feature that has been exploited in order to carry out the hack.

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