Well if you can’t break into Apple’s systems through traditional hacking methods why not pay €20,000 for an employee’s Apple logins? According to Business Insider some Apple employees in Ireland, speaking with expectations of anonymity, have been offered upwards of €20,000 for their corporate Apple logins. This is probably not a huge surprise to most, Apple is a huge company with a lot of data and prime real estate for thieving hackers. The most interesting part of the story is the amount of money that has been offered, 20K Euros isn’t chump change by any stretch (that’s just over 22K US dollars).
“You’d be surprised how many people get on to us, just random Apple employees,” the source said. “You get emails offering you thousands [of euros] to get a password to get access to Apple.
“I could sell my Apple ID login information online for €20,000 (£15,000/$23,000) tomorrow. That’s how much people are trying.”
Business Insider also spoke to former employees who have confirmed that this is indeed true and the hackers usually target newer employees rather than long time employees. Apple is also aware of the problem and according to insiders the company has a program called “Grow Your Own” that is supposed to combat the problem. No details were given on the program but we speculate it may be an investment program that gives employees extra incentives that perhaps keeps their loyalty firm.
Employees, both current and former, all say that it is very difficult to gain access to Apple’s offices without the proper credentials. One wonders what kind of offers Alphabet employees are being given for access to logins or company information? While 20K Euros is a huge amount, the value of whatever a hacker could get out of being inside of a system such as Apple’s would probably be invaluable to them.
Last Updated on January 23, 2017.