Is Apple at threat from hackers following small security breach?

 

By Posted 4 Jul 2011, 08:42

Over the last few months we have seen many big name companies that have been the target of hacker groups. At first Sony where the biggest company that was attacked with its PlayStation Network hit, and resulted the service being down for around a month. Now we have news of another claimed security breach on an Apple website. So with this news is Apple at threat from hackers following the claimed security breach.

Hacking group Anonymous have posted a list of twenty seven names and encrypted passwords on the internet, from an Apple website. This coincided with a warning from the group that it could target Apple in future attacks according to an article by John Ribeiro of PCWorld.

The list of names and passwords was originally put up on the Pastebin website, which is a hosting site for text files. This was put up by an unidentified user and was titled “Not Yet Serious”. At first the link with Anonymous wasn’t clear, but the group then linked to it via a Twitter message.

The message on Twitter said “Not being so serious, but well”, and linked to the PasteBin page and then said “Apple could be target, too. But don’t worry, we are busy elsewhere”. The site which was targeted has been taken down, and was an SQL database for an online survey at the Apple Business Intelligence website.

So far Apple has not responded to the claims about the security breach. This episode doesn’t seem to be the only problems Apple could be experiencing, as a Lebanese grey-hat hacker has claimed to have found another Apple website which is susceptible to attack. SQL injection and iFrame code attacks can be used to get unauthorized access to data.

The Lebanese hacker didn’t put any of the data obtained online, and grey hat hackers don’t normally attack sites for malicious reasons. He made a point of saying he was not part of Anonymous or the now disbanded LulzSec.

Anonymous have been using an operation called Antisec against law enforcement, government, and corporations for a while now. Workers in so called “corrupt” companies and governments were encouraged by a supporter of the group to leak data recently.

The HackerLeaks website has been created for this information by the Peoples Liberation Front, which is an ally of Anonymous. These are worrying times and if hacker groups managed to get into a site like iTunes it would have access to millions of users and their financial information. Hopefully this won’t be a problem and Apple can keep everything secure.

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