Should This Apple Hack Be Taken Seriously?

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A hacker group known as The Sec 1775 is claiming that it has breached Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) database, gaining access to thousands of user names, passwords, and other information to the site pastebin.com. The group then took to Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) to boast about its huge hack, but many are questioning the authenticity of the leaked information.

The same group’s false claims that it had breached the system of Dropbox and caused the site to display an error message late Friday evening have lead many to wonder whether the Apple ‘breach’ isn’t just another publicity stunt. “You chose silence Apple! We told you what we had! Now live with your choice!” the group tweeted yesterday, claiming that they committed the breach “In honor of the late #LulzSec.” Lulz Security was a hacker group responsible for many high profile attacks that announced their retirement in 2011.

According to a report from AppleInsider, some the the leaked user information is accurate, but some of it is not. Many of the phone numbers AppleInsider attempted to verify were no longer in service. This could mean that the data is old, or that the whole thing is a move to get media attention, like the Dropbox ‘hack’ was.

Last Friday, the Sec 1775 announced on Twitter that they’d breached the Dropbox system, and they were the ones causing the site’s outage. They claimed to be doing it to honor the three year anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz, a hacker and activist who committed suicide while facing 35 years of jail time for computer fraud.

According to a report from The Verge, Dropbox claimed that the outage was caused by a simple error during routine maintenance and that no data had been compromised. Shortly after reports on the breach came out, the Sec 1775 tweeted that they had only committed a distributed denial-of-service attack, and that no Dropbox data was compromised. “Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz! We made the Internet Reporters look like fools for you!” they said.

The Sec 1775 is claiming that the Apple leak is not a hoax, “We repeatedly warned you Apple Inc. You thought because we faked some Drop Box leaks, that we actually didn’t hack you? You made a foolish move Apple! We are the 1775Sec and the European Cyber Army!” Apple has not yet commented on the matter.

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