Fake child porn ransomware on iphone 6. Has anyone else experienced this?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by evie89, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. evie89 macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday while on my phone i got a pop up stating that the FBI that tracked that child porn had been found on my iphone 6 and my IP and Apple ID had been "saved" so they knew who i was and i must pay $500 within 24 hours. I could not exit from this browser message no matter what i tried. I screen shot the pop up as i have never seen anything like this before. I still couldn't go to any other website through the browser, but i could close the browser and use the rest of my phone.

    The only way i ended up getting the message to completely go away was to reset my whole phone. This fixed the problem. I looked online and found many websites stating that this has happened (more so on computer than smartphones), although one article discussed something identical to what happened to me on smartphones, and said the ransomware can even transfer illegal images to your phone without you being able to delete them. i have checked my whole phone since the reset and cannot find anything, but i am concerned that these files could be hidden.

    Many people went to the police to share what happened, and i am wondering if this is something i should do? Has anyone else experienced this before?
     
  2. rigormortis, Sep 6, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2015

    rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    sounds like an advertisement. clear your browser history, backup to iTunes, transfer your photos, erase the iPhone and restore. maybe even do a DFU reset.

    check your phone book make sure they didn't erase your phone directory. the difference between the legitimate android fbi warning is that they can encrypt your phone book and erase your entire phone. they cant do this on your iPhone , so it was likely an advertisement. or maybe your home screen got changed to it. or its an aggressive popup..

    check your photos too. again, with android they really erase your photos. with the iPhone it is unlikely

    you went to a website, the website had an advertisement or a popup window that detected you have an iPhone so it flashed a message to scare you.

    now if you actually jail broke your iPhone, and this happened. well next time don't jailbreak and pray your stuff on iCloud is ok

    maybe thats something else you should do is power off the phone and go to www.icloud.com and make sure your contacts and email and all your iCloud stuff is intact. and check phone directories and photo stuff on other devices as well that get stuff from iCloud

    it was most likely a harmless advertisement

    you would of had to download an app. and that actual app had to be given access to parts of your phone like the phone book or photos for it to damage it.

    this is a problem with android , because they have fake counterfeit apps that are given 19 permissions and you have no choice but to accept them all. but with an iPhone you can agree or not agree to specific permissions. heck with an iPhone you can even tell netflix to not use cellular data.
    i got this s6 and i tried to put it on wifi only, and it was impossible!!!!! WTF

    i would be more comprehensive in this reply to your post, but it would degrade into an entire post dedicated to the bashing of android.
     

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