Yesterday we reported a story from Motherboard concerning a hacking group calling themselves Turkish Crime Family, who claim to have Apple email and iCloud data. According to Motherboard, Turkish Crime Family had been in contact with Apple trying to negotiate a ransom for the data they have in their possession. The Turkish Crime Family also provided Motherboard with some of the information, including an email address, video, and screenshots as proof.
Motherboard suggested caution on this story as they believe some groups “feed information to reporters” to help with their extortion efforts. With that being said, early this morning, we received an email from someone claiming to represent the Turkish Crime Family giving us more information about themselves and their operations.
The email starts out informing us that any information given to the media from their Twitter account contacts may have been inaccurate. They tell us that the media members responsible for the account are no longer with the group due to their “lack of professionalism.” The group goes on to clear up the ransom request numbers. They say the $75,000USD request is false but it was the initial sum for a split of the DB. The email states the group actually requested $100,000USD for each of their members or $1,000,000USD worth of iTunes gift cards “for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value.” The group claims they have agreed with Apple to keep some information private for now.
Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family & Apple relations. The second thing is worth more to us than money.
They go on to say that the only conversations leaked between Apple and the group were by an unassociated individual and all contact with Apple is kept confidential. They also say they are communicating with Apple via ICQ. The group is confident that Apple will force users to reset their passwords in the near future in order to stop the group’s planned attack. The group claims they’re planning this attack on April 7th and have enough resources to factory reset 2550 Apple accounts per minute per server.
The group claims that money isn’t their main motivation for the planned attack. They also claim they are accessing more Apple databases day by day.
We’re doing this because we can, and mainly to spread awareness for Karim Baratov & Kerem Albayrak which both are being detained for the Yahoo hack and one of them is most probably facing heavy sentencing in America. Kerem Albayrak, on the other hand is being accused of listing the Yahoo database for sale online.
For the iCloud breach allegations read more here: https://t.co/vpkgPkEwGm
— Turkish Crime Family (@turkcrimefamily) March 23, 2017
200 Million iCloud accounts will be factory reset on April 7 2017
— Turkish Crime Family (@turkcrimefamily) March 21, 2017
Apple still hasn’t replied to media inquiries that we’re aware of and we’ve emailed Apple again requesting comment on this story. We’ll update our readers should Apple reply to our inquiries or if they do speak to another media outlet, we will try and update with that information. It’s also important to note that we’re still not 100% sure how credible this whole story really is.