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'Oleg Pliss' hack makes for a perfect teachable IT moment

Ryan Faas | May 29, 2014
Earlier this week, a number of iOS device owners woke up to discover that someone had locked them out of the iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The attack, primarily aimed at users in Australia and New Zealand (though there are now reports of users in North America and other countries being hit), demanded a ransom be paid to unlock each device. Ironically, the PayPal account referenced in the demand did not seem to even exist.

That last message, in particular, is most likely to get the attention of workers who may have been oblivious to security, or reluctant to take even basic steps to protect data. Because while the Oleg Pliss hack wasn't bad, it could have been much worse. And this almost certainly isn't the last time something like it will happen.

 

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