Forbes reported that “a hacker group calling itself Turkish Crime Family…reported having access to 300 million Apple accounts” and demanded “$75,000 in crypto-currency (either Bitcoin or Ethereum) or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards, and the data would be deleted.”  The March 22, 2017 report entitled “Hackers Threaten To Wipe 300M iPhones, iCloud Accounts Unless Apple Pays” included these comments from Apple:

There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.

This may be the beginning of the end if Apple cybercriminals succeed!