From the current updates, it has been found that Apple, Facebook, and Discord turned over user data to hackers. This was something that was not done intentionally because the hackers were posing as law enforcement officials, according to the reports from Bloomberg. All of the demands that were forged to look like authentic legal requests came from the emails that have been compromised.
Reports from Bloomberg, tell us that both Facebook and Apple turned over “basic subscriber details. Some of the details that were provided include the customer’s address, phone number, and IP address. However, Discord is the platform that is provided with the details like the Internet address history of Discord accounts tied to a specific phone number, according to the Kerbs report on Security. Apart from this, we got to know that hackers also targeted Snap, but it is not clear whether the company provided the data or not.
Bloomberg points out that it is very much uncommon for the companies like Apple and Facebook to turn over data to law enforcement. This is because these are the companies that have dedicated teams to respond to such requests. These are the requests that are accompanied by court orders but there are a number of emergency cases when law enforcement asks for data without one like when someone’s life is believed to be in danger. In these cases, the hackers exploited this tactic in order to access personal information about specific targets in order to facilitate financial fraud schemes.
Meanwhile, we would let everyone know that security researchers have reportedly tied some of the people involved in this scheme. But the case has not been fully closed, research is going on. As soon as we get information on this, we will keep you posted.