As iPhone users, you are happy to have the ‘Find my iPhone’ Feature on your phone as it comes handy every time we misplace or forget about where we last left it at the bar, office or a restaurant. But this handy feature from Apple has turned out to be a pain with hackers are to tweak their attacks using the ‘Find my iPhone’ and also its desktop version ‘Find my Mac’. Hacker will be able to remotely lock your device and hold it for ransom once they learn your Apple ID and password.
The Apple “Find My (Device) comes in handy when your iOS or a Mac products are stolen. You can simply sign into your Apple ID and via the online portal check the location where you lost it. Apart from this you can also lock or erase your device remotely in case it is stolen.
Whereas in the case of hackers they will lock the screen after learning the account details of the victim. This will be followed by a message demanding for ransom to unlock the same. The ransom is in the form of bitcoins. One of the victims tweeted his misery on twitter.
— Jovan (@bunandsomesauce) September 16, 2017
As we all know two-factor authentication is helpful when it comes to intruding a password, but in case of “Find My iPhone”, this does not apply.
With the growing number of hacks and data breaches, it would be advisable to keep stronger passwords. Avoid being lazy when it comes to setting up your passwords, ensure you have a unique password for each and every service as a hacker can use the information from one leak access another account. Sadly this seems to be exactly what is happening to unfortunate Find My iPhone users.
Nick Douglas from Lifehacker tested out the technique on my his device, which previously had “Find My iPhone” enabled. He went to iCloud.com and signed in with my username and password. When the site asked for my two-factor authentication, he clicked “Find My iPhone” and enabled “Lost Mode.” He later entered a message and sent it to my now-locked phone:
This shows that once a hacker gets hold of your password there is nothing you can do. Your best chance is to set up unique, difficult to crack passwords and use a password manager to remember your passwords. Also, set up a password for your iPhone and if you are not worried about losing your Apple device then simply turn off the Find My iPhone altogether.