Hack group AntiSec publishes a million Apple IDs online
September 5th, 2012 by Usman Khalid | No Comment |
Computer hacking is slowly getting its footing in Macintosh environment of late. In the few months a number of incidences have raised security concerns over Apple’s security measures. In a recent event, AntiSec, an hacking group, hacked into an FBI agent’s laptop and stole 12 Million Apple IDs.
The group then went on publishing the IDs on a website with the device it can be used on as proof, in this case iPhones and iPads.
The hacker group on Monday said it obtained the personal details of Apple iPhone and iPad users from a database on a computer used by an FBI agent. The Apple IDs include Unique Device Identifiers, user names, types of device, Zip Codes, cellphone numbers and even addresses of Apple users, AFP reported.
Special Agent Christopher Stangl works at FBI’s New York City field office and is a prominent figure in the cyber security department. He is also known to be an important official in making efforts cyber security recruitment. According to AntiSec, Stangl’s laptop was hacked in March this year, which contained a database of Apple IDs, addresses and other security clearance stuff of users.
The hacking has raised concerns in both consumers and government circles about the lack of security and the agencies’ stubborn nature of snooping on public’s data. Social network Twitter’s users made the issue viral on the platform and helped push the incident become one of the top 10 worldwide trending topics.
Apple still has to make a comment on the hack, however, the company’s silence will not go positive on investors that trust Mac and iOS blindly.
Earlier this year, Apple’s Mac OS environment was attacked by the vicious malware Flashback that was a major setback on the Cupertino-based company’s reputation that is mostly based on top of the line security.