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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 JimboK29 on 9/4/2012 8:45:53 AM , Rating: -1
Between Apple and Facebook, your ENTIRE life is accessible to law enforcement. Like it or not, that's how it is. Facial recognition from facebook photos is in a database somewhere. Zuck is grinning while cashing out. Anyone who thinks Facebook was designed primarily as a social network is a fool.

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
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.

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