Today we're discussing some rather peculiar piece of information about your iDevice's security. A hacker group who call themselves "Turkish Crime Family" made headlines on most news websites after their claim to remotely wipe 627 million iDevices using an iCloud Exploit if Apple doesn't pay 75,000$ ransom. The hackers behind this whole thing are claiming Apple has denied to pay the amount of money, and therefore they're going to remotely wipe the devices on April 7. According to MacRumors, the hackers have provided screenshots and an actual video to Apple Security Team, but Apple has denied to pay, claiming they won't reward cyber criminals for breaking the laws.
As for now, Apple claims they haven't spotted any breaches on iCloud as well as other services they provide, but the hackers claim to have new members across the world in their team. The initial number of devices was roughly 300 million, but now, doe to the help from other hackers, the number has grown to ~627 million compromised accounts.
What should you do if this proves to be a real threat?
Although unknown if their claims are real, Apple said they'll monitor the activity, and will also work with the police to try to identify the criminals behind this. Should this prove real, make sure you make iTunes local backups often to prevent data loss, and go on iCloud and manage the stored data you have in here: Phone numbers, PHOTOS, videos, music, and any other sensitive data. Remove anything you wouldn't like to see publicly leaked on the web, just in case. Although Apple and iCloud services are strongly secured, iCloud photos and data leaks have happened in the past quite often, so better safe than sorry.