The following article, Apple and Facebook Fell for Oldest Hacker Trick in the Book, was first published on Flag And Cross.
A lot of folks thinking of “hackers” as code junkies, whittling down someone’s computer programming line by line until a fissure develops into which they can slip, secretly, as though they had found an entrance into the digital genome itself.
But this is far from the most prevalent way that hacking occurs, and it’s almost certainly the most difficult skill to master.
No, most “hack” attacks are a bit more socially-minded. A convincing phone actor calling in to a bored receptionist and tricking them into revealing otherwise clandestine data. Or the phony potential business partner with a wad of cash who’s ready for you to sign on a dotted line somewhere.
Or, even folks pretending to be the police.
And while you may not think that this sort of trickery works in our modern day, you’d be wrong, and some of the companies you’d normally associate with being highly secure are falling for these old tricks.
A recent report reveals that both Apple and Facebook provided private user data to hackers who posed as law enforcement officials. The hackers used forged “emergency data requests” to trick the Masters of the Universe into handing over sensitive information such as IP addresses and phone numbers for their targets.
Bloomberg reports that Apple and Facebook (now known as Meta) provided user data to hackers who posed as law enforcement officials, tricking the multi-billion-dollar Masters of the Universe. The tech giants reportedly handed over basic subscribers details including customer addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses.
And, worse still:
The user data was handed over to hackers in mid-2021 in response to forged law enforcement “emergency data requests.” These requests are usually only provided with s search warrant or subpoena signed by a judge, according to sources.
For all of the frustration that these companies cause us with constantly needing passwords reset and devices authenticated, you would think that a phony letter from the cops wouldn’t get past the front desk.
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