FBI denies Antisec 1m Apple IDs hacking claims
UPDATE: The FBI has denied claims by the hacking group Antisec that it breached an agent's laptop and obtained 12m Apple IDs
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says there is no evidence to support claims by the hacktivist group Antisec that it breached an FBI computer and procured around 12m Apple IDs. In a statement the FBI said:
"The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."
Apple has not commented on the alleged breach.
This comes after Antisec said it snatched over 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers by successfully breaching an FBI computer. The data includes user names, device names, mobile phone numbers and corresponding addresses. Antisec the said it had leaked one million of them online.
"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."
The data that had been leaked following the breach could easily be disseminated among spammers or used in identify theft attempts. Tech site Gizmodo is currently linking to TNW's database crosschecker. for anyone who wishes to see if any of their Apple devices are affected.