Apple has officially responded to claims that a group of hackers were able to obtain more than 600 million iCloud accounts. In a statement to Fortune, the company says there are no breaches in its system and that its user data is safe.
According to Apple, the data hackers claim to have were from “previously compromised third-party services.” Here’s Apple’s full statement:
“There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,” the spokesperson said. “The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.”
Apple will also continue to “actively monitor” the situation and work with law enforcement to ensure all user data remains safe.
“Apple is actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication.”
The statement comes after a Motherboard report that suggests that a group of hackers, “Turkish Crime Family”, gained access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts. The group claims that if Apple doesn’t pay the $150,000 ransom price, it would remote wipe all of the victims’ devices.
However, the hackers appear to be inconsistent in their story; one of the hackers then claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. The hackers did not provide Motherboard with any of the supposedly stolen iCloud accounts to verify this claim, except those shown in the video.
Read the full story on Motherboard for more details.