Apple employees being offered €20k for their login details

Workers at Apple’s European centre in Cork are being tempted with significant amounts of money to share login details. Business Insider is today reporting an interview with an anonymous source at the Republic of Ireland plant, which serves as yet another reminder of the increasing risk of insider threat to organisations worldwide.

The source at the plant, which employs over 4,000 people, stated that the hackers who were attempting to buy access to Apple’s information in this way were approaching only a certain grade of employee. As reported on Business Insider, the source said that long time employees were generally not approached, but those who have ‘jumped diagonally into a junior managerial position’ are more regularly targeted.

While Apple continues to spend a considerable amount of time and money on its security systems and procedures, this manner of approach does suggest that the attackers perceive some weakness in their organizational structures. As a result, it is also reported that Apple has developed a particular employee development program in response.

It is not clear who would be behind such overtures, nor what kind of information they would be seeking to access. However, it does come not very long after a number of reports that suggest that insider threats are a growing factor in cybersecurity risk analysis worldwide.