According to Bloomberg, Apple and Meta shared user data with hackers posing as law enforcement in mid-2021.
The agency has reported that in response to fictitious “emergency requests,” both tech companies provided the attackers with the actual addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses of some of their users.
This information is usually provided by a search warrant or subpoena, but no additional documentation is required for urgent requests. It has not been reported how much data the companies transferred in response to the fake applications.
Apple and Meta representatives have said they review each request in accordance with the companies’ guidelines. However, it seems that this time something was overlooked.