One Million Apple Users’ Personal Information Leaked by Anonymous – Are You One of Their Victims?
On the eve of Apple’s big iPhone 5 announcement – the mega company has a PR mess on their hands to deal with. Anonymous, the largest hacking organization, released personal information of 1 million Apple users. The hackers are clamming they obtained the information after compromising an FBI computer. Check here if your information was leaked too.
The FBI has been investigating Anonymous for several years now, but only a few arrests have been made thus far. The hacking organization targets huge corporations, government agencies, and anyone pretty much they feel is a threat. Last year Anonymous hacked Sony, Interpol, and others.
The bureau said: “The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data,” as reported by the Financial Times.
The hackers confirmed that the one million is just the tip of the iceberg – since they are sitting on more than 12 million users’ personal data – ready to release it at any time. Several independent security agencies have examined the data and are sure the hack is real and genuine.
Some experts in the field are taking to blogs to says this attack is a ‘privacy catastrophe’ and even the ‘worst-case scenario.’ Though Anonymous group has released enough data to scare Apple and the rest of us, Apple is saying the information released is not enough to hurt individuals.
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[Source: Financial Times]