FBI, Hackers Feud Over Leaked Apple User Data
If an international hacking group is to be believed, it recently acquired information associated with twelve million Apple devices by hacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
However, the FBI says it has no idea what the hackers are talking about.
Earlier this week the hacking organization LulzSec claimed that it had breached the security defences of FBI agent Christopher Stangl’s laptop, whereupon they stole data associated with millions of Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads. That information is said to include addresses, phone numbers, and zip codes.
LulzSec then posted information related to just over one million of those devices. The group is encouraging people to check this data to see if the information associated with their Apple devices has been leaked.
Word of the breach immediately raised questions about why Apple user information was being stored on an FBI laptop and how a hacking organization could possibly gain access to such a sensitive device.
However, in the hours that followed the FBI publicly denied that Stangl’s laptop had been accessed and said it had no idea where LulzSec got the Apple data. In a statement, the bureau claimed it had never stored information of the sort leaked by the hackers.
“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple [user information] was exposed,” the statement reads. “At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”
LulzSec first made a name for itself by orchestrating a series of web-based attacks in 2011. Of those attacks, its most visible was the breaching of Sony Pictures website security. Sony later claimed the attack cost it more than half a million dollars.