(The Hosting News) – The critical hacking of a government-owned laptop has led to the exposure of one million Apple user IDs from devices including iPhones and iPads, according to a variety of reports on Tuesday.
Infamous hacking group Anonymous has taken credit for the issue via a post made available on pastebin.com, noting that the data was removed from an FBI system using the “AtomicReferenceArray” exploit in Java.
The issue will likely cause a backlash among privacy rights experts who will find the idea of the government storing Apple IDs as an over the top measure. While the attack has been claimed, sides including Apple and the FBI have refused to comment when asked by media outlets.
“The question is not whether it’s accurate, it is why did the feds have the information and why did they not take due care to secure it,” commented Tata Communication’s security guru Eric Hemmendinger in a report from AFP.
Details of the leaked data included users’ names, phone numbers and addresses, said CSIS Security Group specialist Peter Cruse through Twitter.
While one million IDs were at risk, hackers could have possibly gone even further. ZDNet reported that more information accessed through the breach pertained to 12 million iOS devices. Hacking groups like Anonymous participate in a movement widely dubbed “antisec,” thus usually targeting government institutions and entities they deem corrupt.
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