The American companies Apple and Meta have transferred user information to hackers who forged an official request from law enforcement agencies.
In mid-2021, American companies provided some customer data, including address, phone number and IP address, after receiving fake “emergency information requests”.
Sources explained that usually requests for personal data are satisfied only if there is a search warrant or a court summons, but emergency requests do not require a court decision.
The illegally obtained data could in theory be used by social engineers to facilitate financial fraud schemes and other purposes. How much data fell into the clutches of hardened attackers remains a secret.