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…
12,000,000 identified and tracked iOS devices. thanks FBI SSA Christopher Stangl.
— AnonymousIRC (@AnonymousIRC) September 4, 2012
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.