Aug 17 23:38 [raw]
ABSTRACT: This hacker used a series of VPN tunnels and Tor to hack Apple servers. Unknown to him (a hacker, mind you) his motherboard was sending its serial number through the connections. Your computer, even if you use Tor, is broadcasting its serial number through the connections, which is identifying you. You probably are not anonymous neither on Tor nor on Bitmessage. ===> Apple’s systems recorded the serial numbers of the MacBooks from which the attacks were launched. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/08/17/apple-gets-cored-90gb-of-secure-files-stolen-by-high-schooler/ Details are sketchy, but it sounds like the teen – who’s described as being well-known in hacking circles – probably used virtual private networks (VPNs), Tor and other tools to try to hide his tracks. At any rate, Australian newspaper The Age reported that the high schooler, who can’t be named because he’s a minor, developed “computerized tunnels and online bypassing systems” to exfiltrate the files. But, try as he might, he got tracked down: Apple’s systems recorded the serial numbers of the MacBooks from which the attacks were launched. The Age reports that prosecutors told the court that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the teen’s home last year. Prosecutors told the court that police seized two Apple laptops and that the serial numbers matched those of the devices that accessed Apple’s servers. The IP addresses of a seized mobile phone and a disk device also matched up with what Apple had recorded.
Aug 18 10:37 [raw]
Lesson: Stop using Apple products.
Aug 18 10:45 [raw]
It was the Apple spyware on the Mac that leaked the serial number, not the Tor router. It happens equally over any data carrier, no matter how secure or insecure, including "VPN, Tor and other tools". Additional countermeasures are required in order to use a Mac safely, which "the teen" was apparently not aware of. See also "Tor can't help you if you use it wrong" https://www.torproject.org/download/download#warning I hope his parents have finally learnt to never use insecure payment methods to buy IT equipment, but FUCK ME that was an expensive lesson. "Use a credit card, lose your first born son". Also, I noticed a mention of mobile phones. Mobile phones in Australia are insecure and require some additional steps to use safely, which again I doubt that "the teen's" parents could have been bothered to complete. Google "integrated public number database" for the gory details. Tl;dr the gov collects fulldox on all users or telephony services, including prepaid mobiles. So yeah, in Australia mobile phones may-or-may-not not cause cancer, but they do cause a whole range of other life-threatening conditions. Lastly, I'm not saying the kid should have gotten away with it, after all he seems to have committed unforced foul play and probably deserves a spanking. What pisses me off is how rigged the game was all along, and those poor folks had no idea until it was too late.
Sep 2 18:21 [raw]