Recently, there have been frequent conversations and references to fraud consisting in extorting money for unlocking a locked iPhone. Victims of intruders whose apple smartphone was “hacked” do not always understand how this happened and what to do now: contact the police, write to Apple tech support or send the requested amount to the specified account without any guarantees and risk losing money. In addition, a lack of understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship causes alarm among users of mobile devices, concern for the security of personal information. Therefore, I propose to understand this issue.
How does a “hack” iPhone
In fact, the so-called “hacking” of mobile devices running iOS is the activation by attackers of the “Lost Mode” in the “Find iPhone” application. It’s easy to guess which scheme scammers work on. It all starts with gaining access to your mailbox, whose address is used concurrently as an Apple ID. Then, those who call themselves hackers set up e-mail filters in the settings with which all letters arriving from Apple are not displayed in the inbox, but immediately or in another folder (for example, like gmail’s “all mail”) or completely deleted.
Further, having access to your mailbox, the attackers without any problems change the password for the Apple ID, and after using the “Find iPhone” function they completely block the victim’s smartphone, adding something like “write to e-mail to unlock” mail [address] “.
Sometimes blocking occurs when a user connects to Wi-Fi somewhere in a public place, which allows some to think that this is what caused the “hack”. In fact, the explanation can be much simpler: the earlier activation of the loss mode on the iPhone occurs precisely (and only) when the owner goes online.
How to unlock a scam blocked iPhone
If you do not want to wait or you do not have checks with the box, you can try to unlock it yourself. To do this, go to the page “My Apple ID”, where we click on “Reset Password”.
We are asked to first enter your Apple ID, and then specify the authentication method: authentication by e-mail or by means of answers to security questions.
If you remember the answers to the security questions. great, otherwise we choose the first method. However, in order to use it, you must make sure that you have access to the mailbox and immediately change the password from e-mail. After we send ourselves an email with further instructions for resetting the Apple ID password.
If Apple doesn’t receive emails, check your filter settings. Quite possibly, scammers applied filters to letters from Cupertinians and now your instruction is simply deleted immediately. As a rule, filters are managed in the e-mail settings.
So, the instruction is in your hands. It looks like an offer to follow the link where you can update the password. After changing the password, go through the browser in iCloud, and then launch the “Find iPhone” web application.
Disabling the loss mode through the Find My iPhone web application is very simple. Go to “All devices” iPhone (locked). Then, the smartphone control panel appears in the right corner of the screen. We are interested in the mode of loss, by clicking on the icon of which we get into a new window at the bottom of which the button “Exit Lost Mode” is signed in red letters.
After exiting the loss mode, the iPhone is still locked and here the instruction “Forgot the lock password on the iPhone or iPad.” What to do?”.
How to avoid becoming a victim of scammers
After all of the above, it becomes obvious that the most vulnerable place when hacking Apple ID is primarily the mailbox of the owner of the iPhone, having stolen which fraudsters can easily block the device. Therefore, use only reliable services, use additional security features, such as double authentication, and, of course, do not use simple passwords.
During the writing of this instruction, a curious fact was found out: it turns out that if you use password protection, when activating the loss mode, attackers will simply not be asked to enter a 4-digit device lock code, which means you can unlock the device almost instantly. Then, of course, you should change the password e-mail and Apple ID.
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