Apple Server and Fox News Twitter Account Attacked by Hackers
Two big corporations were under attack by hackers over the weekend and on Monday in non-related incidents. However, there doesn’t seem to be any major harm done in relation to stolen data and Twitter claims.
During the weekend, an internal Apple server was hacked into by Anonymous, who publicised the breach on is AnonymousIRC account. It said that Apple could be a target, but they are focused elsewhere. The hacker collective is said to have stolen 2 dozen administrator names and encrypted passwords. The data wasn’t linked to the over 200 million customer credit cards that are stored for the iTunes store.
On Monday, the political Twitter account for Fox News was hacked. The hackers posted numerous false tweets that President Barack Obama was assassinated with two gunshots and that vice president Joe Biden was taking his place. However, these posts, which were submitted around 10am BST, were taken off the site in a few hours.
Scriptkiddies has claimed responsibility for the Twitter account hacking. The group’s name is a general insult used by hackers to describe inexperienced hackers who use ready-made programmes to breach websites. A spokesman for the group said that they are closely related to Anonymous, as 2 of their members are part of the hacker collective, while he was a member. They are looking for information about big companies to assist with the AntiSec campaign.
The AntiSec campaign is basically intended to embarrass large companies, and these latest hack attacks show that this campaign will go on after pioneering group LulzSec disbanded just last week. The group, which included a few veteran members of Anonymous, drew attention during an over 50-day hacking spree. The small group warned that the attacks would continue and encouraged others to join.