With all the hoo-ha that is currently taking place in cyberspace over the recent spate of webpages and servers belonging to major companies and corporations getting attacked by hackers, it would really be of little surprise that some instantly-recognizable names will eventually find their way as entries on the hackers' hit list. And the next big victim of an alleged hacker attack is seemingly that of Apple, which has reportedly had one of its servers compromised and administrator data stolen. Or did it?
Now that news about how big-name companies and corporations have been getting their share of the limelight by being the unfortunate victims of a hacking spree has spread around the Internet like wildfire, it should hardly be surprising that most people will be waiting to see which is the next unlucky company to find its servers getting compromised by yet another hacker group, and how much damage the latter could inflict on the company in the process. And as it turns out, we did not have to wait very long: a report posted by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is now the latest victim of such an attack, and that the damage consists of a number of root and administrator accounts being stolen.
According to the report, a group of computer hackers calling themselves AntiSec (supposedly the shorthand for Anti-Security) has claimed responsibility for the alleged attack on Apple, while adding that they were able to make off with the passwords of as many as 26 root and administrative accounts. Apparently, AntiSec was able to gain access to Apple's information by making use of a security flaw found in the software used by many companies to power their servers, although no mention was made about the software's name.
That being said, while certain sites are dismissing the claims made by AntiSec due to the lack of evidence available to verify that the attack was indeed successful, it seems that AntiSec might not have been boasting after all, for technology website ZDNet has seemingly managed to obtain a list of what apparently contains the passwords to the compromised accounts, as shown below:
Apple has yet to make an official statement about the attack, so any information as to whether the hackers were able to walk away with personal data belonging to consumers remains to be seen.