Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anonymous claims Apple hack


The Anonymous hacker collective has posted purported usernames and passwords from an Apple corporate computer system to text-sharing site Pastebin. Anonymous posted a link to the details through the AnonymousIRC Twitter account on Sunday.

 "Not being so serious, but well: http://t.co/DOE7Aeh," said the post. "#Apple could be target, too. But don't worry, we are busy elsewhere. #AntiSec"

The AntiSec hashtag — for 'Anti Security' — refers to a campaign originally launched by the Lulzsec group of hackers in June. Lulzsec claimed affiliation to Anonymous at the time. When Lulzsec announced it had disbanded after 50 days of activity, the group recommended people support Anonymous.

The Pastebin document was posted on Sunday. The document purportedly holds 27 usernames and passwords from http://abs.apple.com/, a site which appears to be used by Apple to conduct a survey about technical support. The site also contained links to Apple Business Intelligence, according to a Google cached document. The server that hosted the site was "temporarily offline" on Monday, according to a notification.

Apple had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

The Anonymous group has been conducting a number of web campaigns against organisations, including a site takedown against the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). Broadly, the campaigns by Anonymous have focused on pro-Wikileaks demonstrations, have undermined copyright supporters and law enforcement, and have drawn attention to human rights issues.

The campaigns by Lulzsec sought to undermine copyright supporters such as Sony, and highlighted deficiencies in security practices in bodies such as the NHS, through the use of "malicious comedic cybermaterials".

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