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Posted: September 02, 2015

iPhone hackers steal more than 225,000 Apple accounts

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Beware, iPhone users: Hackers reportedly have swiped nearly a quarter million Apple accounts in what experts are calling "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware."

According to California security firm Palo Alto Networks, the attackers used a malware program called KeyRaider to hack "jailbroken" iOS devices and steal at least 225,000 accounts. Newsy defines jailbroken iPhones as devices that "owners have tampered with so apps that Apple hasn't OK'd can be installed, and settings that are normally locked can be changed." Phones that have not been jailbroken were not affected.

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Victims include users from 18 countries, including the United States. 

If that wasn't bad enough, the hackers also have shared the stolen information so others can use the targets' accounts to buy apps. Some victims even said their phones were "locked" and held for ransom, Palo Alto Networks reported.

Do you have a jailbroken iPhone and suspect it may be infected? Check out Palo Alto Networks' report for step-by-step instructions on how to find out whether you were targeted and how to protect yourself.

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