pay out“Send me $100 by PayPal if you want to use your phone.” That was the threat some Australian iPhone users saw on their locked screens, reports Digital Trends, an online newsletter.

It happened so far away that why should we care about it here? Well the answer to that is it seems to be the kind of lockdown that could happen anywhere and probably will. By triggering that feature remotely – and so far no one is sure how that was done – the iPhone owner is effectively locked out. Some users were locked out of other Apple devices as well, including iPads and Macs.

The support forums on Apple.com and Twitter went wild with complaints. Each ransom message named the hacker as one Oleg Pliss, an Oracle employee who apparently had nothing to do with it. Whoever is doing it should obviously be tried in a kangaroo court.

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