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A collection of Apple internal tools allegedly up for sale on the black market

Apple internal tool up for sale on the black market (Source: ZDNet)
Apple internal tool up for sale on the black market (Source: ZDNet)
An unnamed hacker claims to have access to a set of internal tools that can be used to reveal — obviously private — Apple customer account information. According to this individual, at least 20 people have acquired usernames and passwords — obtained using a "private exploit," he said — to access Apple's systems.

Apple might have to face a rather serious security breach, as an unnamed hacker claims to have gained access to the company's Global Service Exchange system. However, this individual has also failed to provide all the detailed information he was asked for in order to fully verify his claims. On the other hand, if he really broke into Apple's internet-facing system with the help of a "private exploit," the Cupertino-headquartered giant should be worried.

Since the Twitter account used to reveal the images of what appears to be Apple's Global Service Exchange (GSX) system has been taken down already, one would assume that the person behind this account can really provide full access to this tool. However, ZDNet contacted him to verify his claims. When provided with a valid Apple Watch serial number, he came back with a screenshot that contained the accurate details about the device: model, series, and type. Unfortunately for him, the "out of warranty" part regarding this device was not accurate. Even more, he refused to provide the device-associated account information as he initially claimed to be able to.

To make it all worse for the hacker, a source familiar with Apple's GSX told ZDNet that all this self-proclaimed hacker did was to access a test version of the system. The same source also revealed that this test version is populated mainly with dummy data, so it sometimes returns partially correct information, but nothing to be considered a security breach.

Sadly, Apple officials declined to comment. In the end, this might be nothing more but an unsubstantiated claim of a hacker-wannabe who tries to trick others and nothing more, so the company probably simply chose to disregard the entire story. After all, countless such scam attempts are happening online every day and it would not be the first time to hear such a story involving Apple.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-06- 4 (Update: 2018-06- 4)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.