FBI: AntiSec Lied, We Have Not Been Tracking Apple IDs

FBI: AntiSec Lied, We Have Not Been Tracking Apple IDs

This is getting interesting. Hot on the heels of hacking group Antisec leaking 1M+ Apple IDs they said they downloaded from a hacked FBI laptop, the FBI itself is now saying they had nothing to dow with it.

Here’s the FBI’s statement, as given to All Things D:

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.

Strange. If that data didn’t come from the FBI, then, who did it come from?

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  • RyanTV

    “now saying they had nothing to dow with it.”
    You call yourself an editor yet you refuse to edit yourself. At least read your posts back out loud before you post them.

  • marioyohanes

    Has anyone ever really found this issue is very annoying? Do the math, 12 millions UDIDs + Notification tokens, let’s forget about the tokens and focus on UDID which is 40 characters long:

    1 character (let’s assume Apple is using ASCII encoding) = 1 byte,
    1 UDID = 40 bytes
    12 millions UDID = 480 million bytes = roughly 457 MB worth of CSV file just for UDIDs.

    I don’t think any agency in the world or any company is that stupid to allow an employee to harvest that much of information out from their server to an employee laptop. Unless of course, FBI is that stupid and not using a proper security system.

  • bfizzzle
    Has anyone ever really found this issue is very annoying? Do the math, 12 millions UDIDs + Notification tokens, let’s forget about the tokens and focus on UDID which is 40 characters long:

    1 character (let’s assume Apple is using ASCII encoding) = 1 byte,
    1 UDID = 40 bytes
    12 millions UDID = 480 million bytes = roughly 457 MB worth of CSV file just for UDIDs.

    I don’t think any agency in the world or any company is that stupid to allow an employee to harvest that much of information out from their server to an employee laptop. Unless of course, FBI is that stupid and not using a proper security system.

    errmm wasnt it [about] 1 million UDID stolen?

  • joewaylo

    I’m sure he meant to say “nothing to dew with it.” ;)

  • technochick

    Has anyone ever really found this issue is very annoying? .

    I’m annoyed. I can’t believe that folks are believing the claims of a hacker group so readily when they have no proven their source and we know that UDID access was capable just a few months ago. Plus that IAP hack was asking for Apple IDs and Passwords and so on. Lots of ways to get the info that wouldn’t require anything more than a batch of free games and flashlight apps.

    Heck that check your UDID website would be a phish hoping stupid folks will put in the whole thing and give it up to the hackers

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