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AntiSec hacked an FBI laptop back in March, and is just now revealing its loot

AntiSec is up to its usual antics again, and this time the hacker group managed to score a wealth of information on users of Apple iOS-based devices. The group claims to have hacked an FBI laptop and obtained over 12 million Apple UDIDs were.
 
A UDID (unique device identifier) is a 40-character code that is tied to a single device, be it an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The UDID is normally used by app developers for tracking purposes, and Apple uses the UDID when authenticating Siri queries on the iPhone 4S.
 
In its rather long, rant-filled manifesto, AntiSec describes how it obtained the information:
 
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.
 
While over 12 million UDIDs were obtained during the attack on the FBI laptop, AntiSec has “only” released 1,000,001 UDIDs to the public. The group has thankfully removed personal information (names, address, cell phone numbers, etc) from list, but searching for your own UDID is rather simple using the following tool. The site allows you to search the list for your UDID using a partial string instead of divulging all 40 characters.

 You can view your UDID from within iTunes or via an app directly from your iPhone or iPad.

It's worth noting that the NCFTA reference in the filename is likely pointing to National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance. The group describes itself a "Non-profit corporation, evolved from one of the nation’s first High Tech Task Forces and, since 1997, has established an expansive alliance between subject matter experts (SMEs) in the public and private sectors (more than 500 worldwide) with the goal of addressing complex and often internationally-spawned cyber crimes."
 
Regardless of the motives behind AntiSec's latest antics, there are many questions that arise from this breach. Why does the FBI have 12 million Apple UDIDs on a laptop? Did a developer willingly hand over the UDIDs to the FBI? Did Apple itself play any part in divulging the information to the FBI upon request?
 
Only time will tell as we learn more from this “big reveal”.

Sources: The Next Web, Pastebin, UDID Checker



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By Cypherdude1 on 9/4/2012 8:29:01 AM , Rating: 5
I want to know myself: Why does the FBI have 12 million Apple UDIDs on their laptop?

This is yet another example on how the government is spying on us. It's bad enough their rich friends in the media are spying on us. Now we've got the FBI obtaining lists of our devices on their files.

There's a simple solution here. How about this: don't buy Apple products. Simply return to buying other players and devices.




By probedb on 9/4/2012 9:43:58 AM , Rating: 2
Erm, nope, only what you put on facebook is available on facebook.


By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 12:08:03 PM , Rating: 1
So you think your click activity or your association of "Friends" are not useful data? Do you even know if FB is looking at the cookies on your computer to gleam more information about you and your interests? How about your IP Address to see what region of the country you live in?

You seem to only have a one dimensional imagination.

Best wishes on that,


By SPOOFE on 9/4/2012 3:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So you think your click activity or your association of "Friends" are not useful data?

"Useful data" is still a far cry from "your ENTIRE life".


By NellyFromMA on 9/4/2012 10:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
It's not foolish for people to be trusting by nature. It is foolish to think they can be fooled forever.


By Motoman on 9/4/2012 11:20:31 AM , Rating: 3
...judging by the popularity of Apple/Bose/Monster Cable products and Facebook, I'd say the "forever" is looking pretty good.


By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 11:48:03 AM , Rating: 2
That's where your wrong.

Only a fool would blindly trust. That's why so many fools are conned out of their money.

Don't try and make excuses for being ignorant about the possibilities.

You only show your ignorance of the real world and might as well paint a target on your back.

Best wishes for your future,


By dgingerich on 9/4/2012 1:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing I no longer do any business with Apple. Facebook, they can have that info. Info on my relationships or my daily status isn't worth much.

I do worry about how Google tracks me, though. That company scares me, but not as much as Apple.


By tayb on 9/4/2012 9:10:31 AM , Rating: 5
Excellent job attacking the effect and not the cause.

The problem is government spying and your "solution" is to simply stop buying Apple products? How idiotic. When you realize they're tracking Android, WP7, and BB will your solution be to stop buying those as well? And when you realize they're scanning your emails will you stop sending those?


By PaFromFL on 9/4/2012 9:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect that this is just the tip of a larger iceberg, and is not limited to Apple. This may be evidence of an unreasonable search that violates our fourth amendment rights.


By WinstonSmith on 9/4/2012 10:30:16 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, but I had to laugh at that comment. WHAT Fourth Amendment? It was dead long ago. Just one example of many:

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Strip Searches for Any Arrest

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/us/justices-appr...


By RedemptionAD on 9/4/2012 10:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
If you are so worried about the government or other possible spying entities, how about disinformation, information redirecting, or "information laundering", the tools of the actual spy world to combat those kinds of things?
Anyways, the government and other entities has the potential to get alot of information about people, they have too much at the moment, to the point where it actually gets in their way so that by the time they sort through it, it is actually useless. So the best thing you can do it not worry about it.


By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 11:55:12 AM , Rating: 3
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No where do we see that it has been verified that the data came from an FBI laptop.


By anactoraaron on 9/4/2012 12:29:44 PM , Rating: 3
You forgot to add:

"Best wishes on that,"


By kattanna on 9/4/2012 12:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No where do we see that it has been verified that the data came from an FBI laptop.


while true, they do give some high levels of detail on whose laptop it was and how they accessed it, and not the usual vagueness we often hear.

and individuals with laptops have always been a weak point


By nocturne_81 on 9/4/2012 5:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
Always wondered about this.. recall a report years back where the IRS admitted that it simply 'lost track of' a few hundred laptops, a few dozen desktops, and even 8 or so full server racks -- all likely holding sensitive info.

Besides coaxing employees to do work at home off the clock, what benefit is there to an employer to insist on giving laptops to it's entire workforce..? You certainly can't get more work done on one. All I see is the obvious -- intentionally allowing an employee to take potentially sensitive materials outside company grounds with no guarantee of security.


By tayb on 9/4/2012 1:29:40 PM , Rating: 2
If AntiSec hacked Apple they would have bragged about hacking Apple.


By nocturne_81 on 9/4/2012 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hack the FBI.. or hack Apple..

Really, if they wanted to hack Apple.. but who is their real enemy here..?

I'm sure any decent hacker can get into Apple.. it's just they wouldn't find anything of value. A laptop of an FBI investigator, on the other hand.. should be obvious which is a greater payoff..


By jwdR1 on 9/4/2012 12:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
And now the rest of the world can spy on us as well...or at least 12 million of us. :(

I wonder how many people naive enough to think this is limited to Apple devices.


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