Apple becomes latest company to be targeted by AntiSec

By on July 4, 2011, 8:00 AM

A few weeks ago the online 'hacktivist' group Anonymous and members from the now-defunct Lulz Security joined forces under the AntiSec operation (short for anti-security), declaring war against governments and giant corporations in the name of the public good -- whether you agree with their ways or not is another question. The rogue group has been busy hitting several companies and even the Arizona Department of Public Safety… their latest target: Apple Inc.

AntiSec posted a message on Twitter claiming they had gained access to private data from an Apple server. To back their claims up, the group posted the usernames and passwords for 27 root and admin accounts from the users table in a MySQL database. The breached server is used by the Cupertino giant to conduct technical support follow-up surveys, and according to early reports it doesn't seem that any customer data was compromised.

Apparently the group was just proving that Apple could be a target, too. "But don't worry," the twitter posting reads, "we are busy elsewhere." While AntiSec's latest attack on Apple seems relatively benign, 9to5Mac notes that previous postings have claimed a more serious threat on iCloud -- though such claims haven't been verified.

"Some weeks ago, we smashed into the iCloud with our heavy artillery Lulz Cannons […] After mapping their internal network and thoroughly pillaging all of their servers, we grabbed all their source code and database password which we proceeded to shift silently back to our storage deck."




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Guest said:

oh how the mighty have fallen :)

PinothyJ said:

From fascist governments to fascist computing...

Mindwraith said:

stole technical support surveys huh? damn, how will apple ever recover from that mighty blow.. >_>

Leeky Leeky said:

My thoughts are more on whether they targetted that particular server because they could break it, or whether they just did it to prove a point, and could in fact target any server and get access.

One is much worse than other in my opinion.

Guest said:

LOL, GO @ANTISEC! I hope you guys take all of Apple down.

superty12 superty12 said:

Anonymous MUST BE STOPPED!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@Leeky

IMO people who think they have 'completely/absolutely secure' networks are fools. Everything is man made, and it can always be broken into, only issue is, if you are very careful, they will need lot more time to break in.

Guest said:

Hells no! They are waking up those who think they are secure!

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