Apple data breach compromises users of iOS and OS X

The hack has caused the U.S. Attorney General to call on Congress to set a standard for alerting customers and requiring companies to act within a certain time frame

Hacking and cybersecurity breaches are more common these days than any consumer, business or government agency likes, and they occur not just on the fringes of the Web, but within major corporations, affecting millions of users. The most recent data breach comes from one of the most household technology company names in the world: Apple. Renowned for its devices’ security and their inability to obtain viruses, Apple has shocked users by revealing a security protocol breach that is the result of a flaw in the company’s iOS and OS X platforms.

The hack itself allows the hacker to insert himself in between the initial verification and the verification session’s destination server, so as to allow the hacker to take over identity as a trusted user. If a hacker is thought to be a verified endpoint by the destination server, that server then allows the hacker to access supposedly secured connections such as to email, monetary applications, and websites in which you enter identification and passwords to enter.

The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to the Apple breach, and in the wake of other high-profile breaches that have occurred over the last several months in the U.S., by calling on Congress to exert more of an effort to alert users when their information could be in danger.

CBS quotes Holder: “I’m calling on Congress to create a strong national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised.”

The Apple hack comes just weeks after Target disclosed an enormous security breach of its customers’ information: 40 million credit and debit card accounts were compromised, requiring the card-issuing companies to supply new cards to consumers that shopped at Target within a certain time period. Consumers laid into Target with multiple lawsuits — many of them banks that experienced losses because of the cyber breach.

Data protection requirements are at an all-time high. In the wake of 2013’s NSA leaks by Edward Snowden — unveiling the massive data breaching that the U.S. government performs on a daily basis — users and businesses have now begun to question the very notion of security and privacy that comes with living in the digital age.

 

Further reading:

AG Holder confirms Target data breach investigation by DOJ

GCs speak out on their 2014 risk and compliance concerns

Apple files lawsuit over Siri patent rights in China

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to InsideCounsel.com, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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