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Computer hackers may have found their latest target, and it’s a tech world biggie: on Sunday the group AnonymousIRC posted data online that…

Computer hackers may have found their latest target, and it’s a tech world biggie: on Sunday the group AnonymousIRC posted data online that indicated that it was able to breach security at Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). The break-in comes after several months of data hacks that have hit companies like Sony (NYSE: SNE), government organizations and high-profile web sites. It is also a worrying development that comes just as Apple is gearing up for a major push into cloud-based services, with large amounts of user data stored remotely, with its iCloud products.

The breach, first revealed via Twitter, gave a link to a public Pastebin page, which contained 27 internal Apple usernames and passwords.

Important to note that this data comes from an Apple server, believed to be used for online surveys rather than any consumer services, writes the New York Times. The news was first reported on The Hacker News.

AnonymousIRC, the group making the attack, looks like it is not interested in pursuing Apple, for now at least.

“Not being so serious, but…Apple could be target, too. But don’t worry, we are busy elsewhere,” the group wrote when posting the data.

AnonymousIRC is believed to be working with hackers who had originally been associated with LulzSec, the group that attacked a number of public and private organizations, including the U.S. Senate. It disbanded last week.

This breach may not have been the one to break Apple’s levies, but it shows how even those businesses, which have been successful up to now in fending off huge malware issues, could also be at risk.

Apple has yet to make a statement about the attack, but even as a small breach, it’s one that could damage its image, if not its databases, just as it is getting ready to launch iCloud, its biggest move yet into cloud-based services.

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