Over a million Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) user ID’s were leaked by hackers who are working under the Antisec banner. Surprisingly, their source is none other than the FBI! Hackers got easy access to this classified data when they broke into a laptop belonging to an FBI Agent known as Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K Stangl. In fact, if reports are to be believed, they had access to more than 12 million ID’s but they came to a decision to release only a million.
This leak, which was submitted as a post in Pastebin, is a retaliation on the part of the hackers because of the increased subjugation on the part of US authorities in an unreasonable and unjustified manner. The hackers are not defending nor are they repentant. But they have omitted some of the personal information such as full names, cell numbers, addresses, zip codes, etc. According to the post, different devices had varying amounts of data. They have eliminated those main columns that would help numerous users to identify if their devices were listed their or not. DevTokens have been put in for mobile hackers in case they could utilize the dataset for some purpose.
The objective of hacking into the classified database and posting it to Pastebin was to increase awareness of the fact that the FBI is constantly monitoring individuals and their movements everyday. The post says that a drastic step had to be taken because people would not take it seriously if someone told them that the FBI has access to their personal details and they might use it for nefarious reasons as well.
The hackers have stated that they released such data as a last resort and they were extremely reluctant to do so, but this was the only way to make people sit up and take notice of the grave situation at hand.