By Juli Clover, MacRumors
Apple apparently provided some user data to a hacker group that forged legal requests for the information in a 2021 social engineering scam, reports Bloomberg, citing three sources with knowledge of what happened.
The hackers masqueraded as law enforcement officials and were able to convince Apple’s staff to provide them with data that included customer addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses after sending forged “emergency data requests.”
Typically, Apple provides this information with a search warrant or subpoena from a judge, but that does not apply with emergency requests because they are used in cases of imminent danger. Apple did not confirm that data had been shared, and directed Bloomberg to its law enforcement guidelines when asked for comment.
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