According to sources, Apple and Meta, Facebook's parent company, provided customer data to hackers posing as law enforcement officials.
In response to the forged "emergency data requests," Apple and Meta provided basic subscriber details such as a customer's address, phone number, and IP address in mid-2021. According to the sources, such requests are typically granted only with a search warrant or subpoena signed by a judge. However, emergency requests do not necessitate a court order. Snap received a forged legal request from the same hackers, but it is unclear whether the company responded with data. It's also unclear how many times the companies provided information in response to forged legal requests.