Apple could become rich target for hacktivists

The AntiSec hacking group gained access and published user names and passwords for an Apple server this week. How will Apple lock down rich targets like iTunes and iCloud?

While many of us were eating hot dogs and shooting off fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend (in the U.S., that is), security crackers of the "hacktivist" variety — possibly including members of Anonymous and the supposedly defunct LulzSec — were busy making forays into Apple security. As Larry Dignan reported for CNET News, a document released by the AntiSec "group" published user names and passwords for an Apple server.

While this list was relatively benign, it could be the first shot over the bow, signaling future interest in Apple's juicy iTunes and iCloud databases:

Hackers apparently are too "busy elsewhere" to mess with Apple, but that doesn't mean the company is bulletproof. One trigger—something that may annoy hackers—could set off a larger attack.

What could Apple do to set off a war with hacktivists? It's anyone's guess. Chad Perrin's post this week, "How do you protect yourself from hacktivist groups?" considers that question from the standpoint of organizations that become targets based on their perceived behavior by hacktivist groups.

How confident are you that Apple will remain impervious to security-cracking threats from these hacking groups?


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