Hackers Remotely Locking Apple Devices in Australia for Ransom

Australian Apple users found their devices remotely locked through Apple's Find My iPhone service with a message demanding payments for their device to be unlocked.

Users Reported on Apple's support forums that there is message on their IDevices which says that they have been hacked by Oleg Pliss and to send payments to a PayPal account so they can get the device unlocked.

"i was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself, and was askiwhich I'd never previously set up. I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it's still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me."

Users facing this problem have most likely been hacked due to a weak passwords or a phishing attack. To prevent your IDevice from being hijacked, it is strongly recommend that you enable two-factor Authentication on your Apple ID, update your older, probably weaker passwords on iCloud and be sure to use a passcode on your iOS device as those devices with a passcode can't be remotely locked.