Apple Web Site Targeted in Database Hack

An Apple online survey database was apparently compromised over the Independence Day holiday weekend in the U.S. by a hacker group calling itself Anonymous. The group posted a list online of 27 user names and encrypted passwords it culled from the Apple Business Intelligence Web site, then told the world about the list through Twitter.

The group stated on Twitter:

Not being so serious, but well: | #Apple could be target, too. But don’t worry, we are busy elsewhere. #AntiSec

Hackers crack Apple online databaseAnonymous has been hacking into government and business Web sites as part of its AntiSec operation, but seems to be focusing more on companies other than Apple. The group didn’t say how it managed to get ahold of the user names and passwords, although the assumption is that some sort of SQL database hack was used.

Apple has not commented on the incident.

[Thanks to Macworld for the heads up.]