Apple and Meta handed over sensitive data straight to hackers

Apple and Meta handed over sensitive data straight to hackers

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Some of the victims of a caller scam wherever threat actors impersonated police to bargain delicate information from tech companies' endpoints person been revealed, and they're large news.

A Bloomberg study claims that some Meta (Facebook’s genitor company) and Apple fell for the trick, with the 2 companies reportedly sharing idiosyncratic IP addresses, telephone numbers, and location addresses with the fraudsters.

Besides Meta and Apple, a fig of different large tech companies person reportedly been targeted, including Snap and Discord, though it’s unclear whether oregon not these companies fell for the scam. 

Snap and Discord targeted

Commenting connected the news, Meta’s argumentation and communications director, Andy Stone, told The Verge that the institution reviews each information petition for ineligible sufficiency and uses “advanced systems and processes” to validate instrumentality enforcement requests and observe abuse.

“We artifact known compromised accounts from making requests and enactment with instrumentality enforcement to respond to incidents involving suspected fraudulent requests, arsenic we person done successful this case,” helium said successful a statement.

“This maneuver poses a important menace crossed the tech industry,” Peter Day, Discord’s radical manager for firm communications said. “We are continuously investing successful our Trust & Safety capabilities to code emerging issues similar this one.”

In the archetypal study from KrebsOnSecurity, it was said that a radical of menace actors, perchance the aforesaid radical that aboriginal formed Lapsus$, managed to compromise email accounts from instrumentality enforcement agencies, astir apt via phishing oregon viruses.

They past utilized those emails to scope retired to ample companies with an EDR - Emergency Data Request. Law enforcement agencies scope retired to companies each the time, with the petition to supply information connected users and customers. These requests, however, request to beryllium successful compliance with definite regulations and usually instrumentality a small clip to beryllium processed.

EDRs, however, bypass each of that, arsenic they’re utilized successful a substance of beingness and decease (or superior injury). By playing the EDR card, menace actors unit businesses to either hazard someone’s beingness by taking their clip to corroborate the sender’s identity, oregon hazard leaking data, by hurrying to stock it without double-checking who the sender is. 

Via: The Verge

Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is simply a seasoned freelance writer based successful Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He writes astir IT (cloud, IoT, 5G, VPN) and cybersecurity (ransomware, information breaches, laws and regulations). In his career, spanning much than a decade, he’s written for galore media outlets, including Al Jazeera Balkans. He’s besides held respective modules connected contented penning for Represent Communications.

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