Apple: there have been no breaches to iCloud or email

Yesterday, MotherBoard reported that a hacker or group of hackers is trying to extort Apple over alleged access to a large cache of iCloud and other Apple email accounts. However, in a statement to Fortune, Apple said that there have not been any breaches to its systems and that its user data is safe.

“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 told Fortune that it will continue to “actively monitor” the situation and work with law enforcement to ensure that user data remains safe, adding: “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.”