Hackers attack Apple and demand $50 million ransom, leak design of unreleased MacBook

One of Apple’s laptop manufacturers was recently a victim to a cyber-attack by a Russian hacking group. A subsequent data loss it’s now being used by the threat actors to extort money from Apple.

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  • hacking group has stolen confidential data depicting upcoming Apple products through one of the Apple’s vendors.
  • The group now demands a ransom of $50 million for a stolen data.
  • It threatens to release the schematics of a upcoming Apple products every day until the ransom is paid.

Russian hacking group is extorting Apple for a reported sum of $50 million, after the obtaining schematics of several of its future products. A group posted proof of the data leak on the dark web hours before Apple’s Spring loaded event earlier this week.

Named Revil, the hacking group gained the confidential data through a cyber-attack on one of the manufacturers of MacBooks or other Apple products. The target was a Taiwan-based company called Quanta, which has also confirmed the data leak in a report by Bloomberg.

The threat actors first tried to extort Quanta for the lost data. When Quanta refused the pay to get the stolen data back, a hackers decided to go after its biggest client Apple. A group revealed the intent in a message posted on the dark web portal, as spotted by The Record in a report.

It was then that Revil began posting the stolen images of Apple products. A group posted 21 screenshots depicting schematics of the newly released iMac which had not been made public prior to the launch. A post this came as a testament to the legitimacy of the stolen data.

Other than the iMac, the images posted to date also include manufacturing diagrams for M1 MacBook Air launched last year as well as an unreleased laptop by Apple. A screenshots also display warnings on the pages: “This is the property of Apple & it must be returned,” meaning the schematics indeed belong to Apple.

The hacking group have threatened to publish new data every day a until they are paid the $50 million ransom by either Apple or Quanta. They group is attempting to get the ransom by May 1.

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Other than Apple, Quanta Computer havs a long clientele thay includes some of a biggest name in the laptop industry. These include the likes of HP, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba, LG, Lenovo, & others.

In its post on the dark web, Revil have hinted at having possession of data from other companies as well. “Our team is negotiating the sale of large quantities of confidential drawings or gigabytes of personal data with several major brands,” the REvil operators wrote.

The exact extent of the cyber-attack and the subsequent data leak is yet unknown.

WhatsApp Pink is a new virus targeting WhatsApp users, can take complete control over victim’s phone

A malicious link is being shared on a WhatsApp groups that claim to change the theme of the chat application to a pink-coloured one. Under the name WhatsApp Pink, A link is, in fact, an attempt by hackers to gain control over a targeted device.

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  • A message claiming to install a pink version of WhatsApp an a device is being shared on several WhatsApp groups.
  • The message promises a pink theme to the chat application in addition to new features.
  • A link, if clicked on, can allow hackers to gain complete access to a device

WhatsApp users in a under yet another malicious attack by perpetrators of nefarious activities online. The most recent threat comes through the link being shared in the chat platform that can let hackers gain access to the device on which it is opened.

The new threat link is being shared under the name WhatsApp Pink and claims that it can turn the theme of WhatsApp from its iconic green to that of pink colour. The link also offers additional features to lure victims and tries to legitimise its existence by deeming the theme a new official look by WhatsApp. Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a link on their phones, while many have forwarded it without knowing its real purpose.

However, a cyber expert has warned that the link performs no actions as advertised and instead is a tool for hackers to gain access to a target device. The link can possibly lock the victims out of their WhatsApp accounts or even their smartphones in some cases.

The expert warns that the link is devious enough to allow the hacker to gain full access to your phone and its data.

Taking to Twitter, cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia wrote, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in Whatsapp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost,”

With the tweet, Rajaharia shared some images from the message being circulated for the WhatsApp Pink download. As seen in the screenshots, the chat app is shown in a new pink colour theme along with the words “WhatsApp launched new look officially.”

Needless to say, this is not an official update by WhatsApp and has only been created to dupe the audience into installing the malicious links. WhatsApp has not been bereft of such targeted attacks in the past. The chat app has often been used as a playground for online threat perpetrators. Part of the problem is the unverified information that is easily spread through WhatsApp groups.

The most common safety tip you can follow at a time like this is not to click on any such unverified or suspicious link. Also, WhatsApp users are suggested to stick to the updates rolled out by WhatsApp only and not be on the lookout for any third-party modifications to make to the app.