After a lot of confusion and denials from the FBI and Apple, the real source of the 1 million hacked UDIDs that Anonymous leaked last week has finally been found, and aswas theorized last week, it was just an app publisher.
Blue Toad, an app publishing company in Florida, revealed to NBC News that they’re 100 percent confident that Anonymous hacked their databases and stole the UDIDs from them.
Technicians at Blue Toad downloaded all the data released by Anonymous and compared it to their own database. At the end of their analysis they found a 98 percent correlation between the data.
In an interview with NBC News, Paul DeHart, CEO of Blue Toad, said the following –
“As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this. I had no idea the impact this would ultimately cause. We’re pretty apologetic to the people who relied on us to keep this information secure.”.
The data was stolen about two weeks before the leak, but having your UDID leaked by itself isn’t all that worrisome. Apple spokesman Trudy Mullter commented on the situation to reassure iOS users that the UDID leak contained a minimal amount of personal information.
“As an app developer, BlueToad would have access to a user’s device information such as UDID, device name and type. Developers do not have access to users’ account information, passwords or credit card information, unless a user specifically elects to provide that information to the developer.”
Now that we finally know who leaked the UDIDs how do you feel about the vulnerability of developers having personal information that could be leaked to the general public? Does Apple need to do more to protect user data?
Source: NBC News.