AntiSec Obtains Over 12M Apple UDIDs from FBI Laptop, Leaks 1M to Public
September 4, 2012 6:11 AM
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AntiSec hacked an FBI laptop back in March, and is just now revealing its loot
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
, 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
. 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”.
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RE: what interests me
9/6/2012 8:19:15 AM
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.
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