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  1. Were One Million Apple IDs Stolen from an FBI Laptop?


    Were One Million Apple IDs Stolen from an FBI Laptop?

    Full names, cell numbers, addresses and zip codes supposedly leaked.
    by Andrew Goldfarb
    September 4, 2012

    A hacking group has posted one million iPhone and iPad device IDs online. According to The Verge, the hackers claim the data was stolen from an FBI agent’s laptop and that they’re in possession of 12 million IDs overall. The hack has been attributed to Operation AntiSec, which is “associated with hacktivist groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec.”

    The IDs stolen are Unique Device Identifers (UDIDs), which, according to PC Magazine, are “used by developers to distribute new apps directly into the phone for testing purposes before they are available in the App Store. The UDIDs are used to create an Apple-certified provisioning file that is dragged with the app into iTunes.” The Verge adds that full names, cell numbers, addresses and zip codes are also included in the hack, though the one million UDIDs currently released have redacted that information.

    According to the list of IDs on Pastebin, the information was taken from Supervisory Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl and his Dell Vostro laptop. The leak is supposedly related to the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance and The Verge notes that the UDIDs likely come “from an app developer, or group of developers, rather than Apple itself.”

    The FBI Press Office Twitter account claims the FBI “never had” the information from the leak and that the rumors are “totally false.” In a statement issued to AllThingsD, an FBI spokesperson said simply “The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

    For now, reports of the hack are unconfirmed, but The Next Web has built a tool that allows users to check if their device’s UDID has been compromised.

  2. Re: Were One Million Apple IDs Stolen from an FBI Laptop?


    Apple IDs Were Not Stolen From the FBI
    Apple responds to hacking news: We never gave the FBI UDIDs.
    by Nic Vargus
    September 5, 2012

    Yesterday hackers for Operation AntiSec boasted that they had freed 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop. The only problem?

    The FBI never had Apple UDIDs.

    The FBI replied to the claims yesterday calling them "totally false" and that they were never in possession of Apple UDIDs anyway. As if the FBI's word on the matter wasn't confirmation enough, Apple today responded to the rumors, telling AllThingsD:

    “The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID."

    So it appears your UDID is safe, at least until they get transformed when iOS 6 drops later this year.

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