Hacking Into Apple’s Server{4}

by Abubaker D
My article is talking about a group of hackers that managed to hack into one of Apple’s servers. The anonymous group was able to infiltrate into the server that Apple used to process technical support follow-up surveys. With the attack, they were only able to retrieve 27 user names and passwords, and from what Apple is saying, there was no customer data compromised. The group used mysql database to perform the hack which is possibly a SQL injection. And Apple suspects that it could be the result of a similar style of hack often used by former hacker group Lulzsec. Lulzsec used SQL injections to hack into and get information from Sony Pictures and PBS. But the group was supposedly disbanded. Apple is curios if the same members of Lulzsec were the ones that performed the attack. Here’s what a Luzsec representative posted on his twitter account “After mapping their internal network and thoroughly pillaging all of their servers, we grabbed all their source code and database passwords, which we proceeded to shift silently back to our storage deck”. Apple has not commented on what the twitter post had to say or the alleged Lulzsec attack.

This was related to our class because we are learning how to use SQL. I thought it would be helpful for students to know about this to show them how interesting SQL could be. Even a big company like Apple was breached by using SQL commands. Just shows us how powerful SQL is.

Reading this article was really intriguing. I never thought Apple’s servers could be breached with a simple SQL command or possibly an injection; either way the hackers used SQL to infiltrate into the server. I now know how important SQL really is.

David Murphy (2011). Anonymous Hacks Apple Server. Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388025,00.asp