Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hackers reveal FBI is tracking 12 million Apple users

“Does the release of one million Apple UDIDs (Unique Device Identifiers)–including device types and associated usernames–reveal a massive device-tracking operation involving the FBI, an attempt by the hacktivist group AntiSec to make the bureau look bad, or something in between?” Mathew J. Schwartz asks for InformationWeek.

“For now, the related debate continues to rage online,” Schwartz reports. “The FBI, for its part, took to Twitter Tuesday to say that any suggestion that one of its agents was collecting or storing millions of UDIDs was “totally false” and that the agency ‘never had the info in question.’ In an official statement emailed to journalists, meanwhile, the FBI said that ‘at this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.’”

Schwartz reports, “In response to the FBI’s official statement, AntiSec noted via the AnonymousIRC channel that ‘this is far from denial,’ and continued to taunt the FBI. ‘Before you deny too much: Remember we’re sitting on 3TB additional data. We have not even started,’ it said.”

Read more in the full article here.

John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD, “Apple has finally weighed in on hacker group AntiSec's claims that it has obtained millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop... ‘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,’ Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Carl H." for the heads up.]

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