Yesterday we reported that a number of iOS and Mac users in Australia were reporting that their iOS devices and Macs had been remotely locked by hackers demanding ransom to allow access to the devices.
ZDNet reports that Apple has issued a statement denying that iCloud itself was hacked:
Apple takes security very seriously and iCloud was not compromised during this incident. Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services. Any users who need additional help can contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple Retail Store.
While several theories have been floated as to common points of attack, no single theme has emerged. Some of the affected users deny that they used iCloud passwords that they also used on other services.
A discussion thread on Apple’s support forums continues to grow as users report their experiences. We’ll keep an eye on what’s going on, and as soon as something concrete emerges, we’ll be sure to let you know.