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The hacker group AntiSec recently posted online the details of 1 million Apple iOS Unique Device IDs. They claim this set of IDs is just a fraction of nearly 12 million such IDs they have in their possession and some of the data includes other details like usernames and addresses. Allegedly, the IDs have been stolen from a hacked FBI laptop belonging to a senior agent.

Apparently, the intention of the group was to bring attention to privacy concerns amidst their claims that the FBI is using personal information to track people. The FBI has declined to comment so far. Users can check their device IDs against the ones provided by AntiSec via the download link in their release.

AntiSec announced their “breakthrough” in a tweet…

 

They also posted a more descriptive statement on Pastebin

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of ”NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.

Source: Mashable

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  1. GrrGrrr
    September 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    FBI keeps track of everything, so not sure what did they wanted to prove for this hacking.

  2. Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
    September 5, 2012 at 5:51 am

    According to this article the FBI says that they never owned such data.: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/fbi-says-laptop-wasnt-hacked-never-possessed-file-of-apple-device-ids

  3. Darren
    September 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

    More crap from @AnonymousIRC.

    You don't leak over 1 million innocent peoples id's to the public, and lets be honest it's to a public that will use their id's and hack them even further all in the name of "peace" and "freedom" just to get back at goverment organizations.

    There are ways of hacking them and proving you did without giving to much away if it's shock value they want.

    @AnonymousIRC are a scum hacker group of spotty kids with no girlfriends and nothing more.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

      I won't get into that debate, but I think the data that has been released has been trimmed down. But yes, hacking is against the law...so no arguments there.

    • Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
      September 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Actually, the government has yet to provide us with a general profile of hackers, so there is no single proof that these 'scum hackers' are a group of spotty kids with no girlfriends. In fact, I know a hacker(he doesn't hack for them), who most certainly has a girlfriend and is probably up to some mischief, like annoying me.

      Anon was a great idea, that basically said 'every single member of this world's population can be 'the' hacker', but you're right. It HAS gone to their heads. They now do it all for self-righteousness. Website goes down for illegal reasons > Government must pay. Government wants a law that they don't like > Government must pay. They don't care if it's illegal or not. If they like it, they'll defend it and turn into 'hacktivists'. If they don't like it, they attack it and turn into 'hacktivists'. It's just pathetic.

      • Saikat Basu
        September 5, 2012 at 6:10 am

        I absolutely agree with you there. But it also begs the question, where do we the users come in? Who should we hold liable when our personal data gets paraded about? It's not enough that we create "un-crackable" passwords, if the database itself is broken into and personal details let out into the open.

  4. MerVzter Balacuit
    September 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    :( i better check if my device is included here, thanks for the info

    • Saikat Basu
      September 5, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Do note that only 1 million out of the 12 million has been released by the group. There are 11 million more out there in their hands.

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