How Hackers and Scammers Break Into iCloud-Locked iPhones
Sunday February 10, 2019. 04:15 PM , from Slashdot/Apple
In practice, 'iCloud unlock' as it's often called, is a scheme that involves a complex supply chain of different scams and cybercriminals. These include using fake receipts and invoices to trick Apple into believing they're the legitimate owner of the phone, using databases that look up information on iPhones, and social engineering at Apple Stores. There are even custom phishing kits for sale online designed to steal iCloud passwords from a phone's original owner. There are many listings on eBay, Craigslist, and wholesale sites for phones billed as 'iCloud-locked,' or 'for parts' or something similar. While some of these phones are almost certainly stolen, many of them are not. According to three professionals in the independent repair and iPhone refurbishing businesses, used iPhones -- including some iCloud-locked devices -- are sold in bulk at private 'carrier auctions' where companies like T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and cell phone insurance providers sell their excess inventory (often through third-party processing companies.)
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