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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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what interests me
By mchentz on 9/4/2012 8:29:04 AM , Rating: 2
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Why does the FBI have 12 million Apple UDIDs on a laptop?




RE: what interests me
By jeepga on 9/4/2012 9:39:16 AM , Rating: 2
Your question is pretty much the closing of the article. I'm troubled by the fact I'm more worried about the FBI than I am about Antisec.


RE: what interests me
By tastyratz on 9/4/2012 10:25:08 AM , Rating: 2
I'm more troubled by the fact that I am not troubled by this news as an American.
I don't entirely consider this invasive. I would be surprised if the fbi DIDN'T have an offline copy of facebook as well as things like this. apple id's are hardly private. Having a list of user id's does not mean the fbi has an algorithm to tie your Justin Beiber itunes collection to terrorism.

What is troubling here is that sensitive information was allowed or even capable of being put on a portable device. I expect tight security protocols for a security oriented organization. The days of unencrypted and hackable laptops should be beyond us by now in that arena, shame on you fbi.


RE: what interests me
By NellyFromMA on 9/4/2012 10:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
It's also troubling to me to see more and more people ok with their digital information being ammased for uses deemed 'good for society' that the individuals in question frankly aren't allowed to have a meaningful say in largely because the implications span further than the average person is willing to expend effort thinking on.

I know that's not what you meant, but it raises a different concern for me..


RE: what interests me
By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 12:02:15 PM , Rating: 3
Any intelligent American would already understand that with today's technology...it's a possibility and expect any Intelligence agency to use any resources available to counter any and all criminal activities.

Grow up please....or maybe ask for your parents permission first before you use any technology you have no concept of.

Ignorance is NOT an excuse for stupidity.

BTW. If you use FB, Itunes, or any computer with internet access....Your activity is being tracked. Marketing is the main reason.


RE: what interests me
By jeepga on 9/4/2012 5:47:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's one thing to use publicly available information to counter criminal activity. It's quite another to data mine and otherwise aggregate information that doesn't pertain to criminal activity. The same goes for private data, but I would hope that due process falls into place for that.

It's one thing for me to knowingly give up some information for marketing purposes when I get use of a service. It's quite another for the government to jump in and get that information for free. I voluntarily entered into a relationship with the service. There's no quid pro quo with the government. Just because I tell you my phone number when I do business with you doesn't mean that information is public or should be made available to the government.


RE: what interests me
By tastyratz on 9/6/2012 8:19:15 AM , Rating: 2
Information is always pertaining to criminal activity. the determination is considering what's reasonable and invasive.

Let's use this apple leak as an example. By collecting that information the government could tie an ID - thumbprinted in a file purchased - to a person. If say a criminal organization were to leave a laptop behind used for human trafficking and they have no idea who is running the ring. Maybe he had a playlist for people stealing? They find his copy of the latest Bieber and as a result are able to tie that mystery machine to a name.

That's one example, information is always useful. The question is where the line is drawn for misappropriation/invasiveness. The digital age makes it a lot easier to amass.


RE: what interests me
By GotThumbs on 9/4/2012 11:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
You ALSO need to ask....how do I know this is a FACT?

Your getting the story from someone who's own actions are criminal.

Why do so many fools blindly believe anything they see printed or on the web.

Question everything and take most with a grain of salt. Every "reporter" has bias and aims to steer their readers in a certain direction.

My goal is to get you to question both sides and ask...."What and I NOT being told and what is the writers goal?"

Please start thinking more for your-selves.


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