Business Insider reports Hackers are offering Apple employees based in Ireland up to $23,000 for their Apple login details. The report, citing current and former employees as the source, says hackers are targeting new employees.
“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.”
A former Apple employee told Business Insider, “They look for someone who has jumped diagonally into a junior managerial position, so not a lifer working their way up, and not a lifer who has been there a long time.” The source added that Apple has launched a program called “Grow Your Own” as a response to the problem. The program reportedly encourages promotions from within, rather than hiring new managerial types.
It isn’t known exactly what information hackers might be targeting. However, any unauthorized access to Apple’s internal systems could provide a treasure chest of information for bad actors looking for more info on Apple’s internal strategy, or future product plans.
Business Insider says it has contacted Apple for a comment on the situation, as well as additional information, and is waiting for a reply.