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A hacker claims to have breached Apple days after the AMD hack

Notorious hacker Intelbroker claims to have breached Apple's internal systems, exposing source code, just days after hacking AMD.

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Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, but when significant companies like Apple are targeted, serious concerns about the safety of critical data are raised. This week, the infamous cybercriminal known as Intelbroker claimed to have hacked Apple just days after they allegedly breached . Intelbroker has even shared some internal source code on a hacking forum, escalating fears about the potential fallout.

Claims for the breach

Apple has yet to confirm the alleged hack. All the information available now comes from a forum post shared by HackManac on X (formerly Twitter). In this post, Intelbroker claims that they breached Apple's , exposing source code for several internal tools, including AppleConnect-SSO and Apple-HWE-Confluence-Advanced. Fortunately, no compromised customer data has been mentioned, which is a slight relief amidst the potential damage.

According to reports from 9to5Mac, AppleConnect-SSO is an internal authentication tool Apple uses. This tool allows employees to access various internal applications securely. It functions similarly to an Apple ID but is used exclusively for internal purposes and does not provide access to email addresses. This tool is integrated into applications used by Apple Store employees, such as Concierge and EasyPay. On the other hand, Apple-HWE-Confluence-Advanced is likely used for internal information sharing.

Potential impact and responses

It is unclear if Intelbroker is attempting to sell the stolen data or if it has been made available for free. Leaking source code for internal tools may take time to impact Apple's operations significantly. However, if the code ends up in the wrong hands, threat actors could use it to find vulnerabilities and exploit them further.

Apple has yet to confirm the breach or provide details on the extent of the damage, leaving Intelbroker's claims uncertain. Nevertheless, considering that the same cybercrime group recently claimed responsibility for hacking AMD, there might be some validity to their assertions. This week, Intelbroker reported that they had obtained plans for future AMD products, as well as customer information and employee details.

AMD's situation

AMD has acknowledged the data breach but suggested that the situation might not be as dire as it appears. In a statement to Bloomberg, AMD said, “Based on our investigation, we believe a limited amount of information related to specifications used to assemble certain AMD products was accessed on a third-party vendor site. We do not believe this data breach will have a material impact on our business or operations.” Despite this reassurance, concerns about the safety of customer data remain.

In conclusion, while Apple has yet to confirm Intelbroker's claims, the potential implications of this breach are significant. If the cybercriminals have accessed sensitive internal tools, it could pose risks to Apple's internal operations and the security of its systems moving forward.

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Emma Job
Emma Job
Emma is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition. With a decade's experience in content writing, she revels in both crafting and immersing herself in narratives. From tracking down viral trends to delving into the most recent news stories, her goal is to deliver insightful and timely content to her readers.

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