Anonymous leaks a million Apple iOS device IDs, obtained from an FBI laptop

Anonymous leaks a million Apple iOS device IDs, obtained from an FBI laptop
The hackers group Anonymous, and its Antisec segment in particular, has released a million and one Apple IDs that it says were chillaxing in an FBI Dell computer. The hackers used a Java vulnerability to steal information from the FBI laptop in March, but the question is not how they got it, but rather what are iOS UDID numbers doing in there in the first place.

As a reminder, these identify iPhones and iPads of individual users on the Internet and for ads as well, so are pretty easy for linking owner and location together. Furthermore, the hackers state that this is just a sample of the 12 million numbers that were stored on the FBI machine.

Not only that, but the Feds database there contained “user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc.”, every piece of info you are relaying to Apple when getting an iOS device, with the amount of details varying greatly by each person.

Earlier this year, Apple stopped the practice of iOS apps sending UDIDs to their servers, but IDs are all over the Internet used for various purposes anyway. Antisec says in the statemnet accompanying the leak that "We will probably see their [FBI] damage control teams going hard lobbying media with bullshits to discredit this. But well, whatever, at least we tried and eventually, looking at the massive number of devices concerned, someone should care about it.

source: Forbes



1. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Go Anonymous!

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Interesting. What was that about braying jackasses ripping on Google because they felt Google had too much info on them?

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh you mean like how Google maps can zero in on your location? Google has a ton of info, don't try and act like they don't. Do you have to be so colorful? It makes it difficult to take your comments seriously at times when you're using potty mouth language.

8. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Google maps uses geolocation and GPS? Say it isn't so!

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You must not know the fiasco behind Google Earth.

16. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Let me guess, it involved people being paranoid about their private data and a bunch of Apple fanatics talking about how great Apple is at privacy?

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google is a big company with a lot of power in searches. Do you really like the idea that they can know your exact position whenever you use your phone or their search engine?

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

A map and GPS app....that knows your exact location?!?! What is the world coming to!?!?! The madness must stop!!!

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Hey, there's an Apple maps coming out pretty soon that's going to try to imitate Google. Also, watch this.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I take it you wont be using Apple's map app then huh.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I take it that I will.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I didn't realize "jackass" was considered a swear. Considering your penchant for making s**t up, I'm not surprised you'd make that claim. And a GPS app would be less useful if it wasn't as accurate as it is. That's what you get for using a phone that actually has a REAL GPS receiver.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well you do cuss a lot in your comments. It's like you can never post a comment without keeping it PG in terms of language. GPS is one thing Google having tons of info on your location, preferences, and other stuff is another.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why does swearing bother you so f**king much? And if Google planned on using its knowledge of me to sinister ends I would agree with you. However, their whole motivation is to generate ads I'm more likely to click on. And frankly, on the occasions when I have clicked on those ads, I have usually benefited from their presence. Google is a private company, not a government with guns and jails. They've also proven to be resistant to world government efforts to access their information for censorious or politically controlling issues. I mean, really, what ARE you worried Google will do with your info? Give me a scenario, Mxy, and make it realistic.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It makes your comments look very childish. Its bad that I expect a cuss word every time I see a comment from you. I'm pretty sure they don't need tracking data that is heavily detailed and specific for ads. The amount of info they have out there is staggering. It doesn't help that Google is essentially a monopoly in its own market. Too much power. A private company that knows more about you than you do about yourself.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What's childish about swearing? As I recall, swearing is something adopted as one grows older. And you still didn't provide a realistic scenario in which Google's possession of personal data could be a problem. Shall I give you another chance?

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Swearing all the time in your comments does make you look childish. I did not say there was anything wrong with swearing. You just swear too much. Google Earth pointing out top secret locations.

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're talking about the government's top secret locations? *rolls my eyes* That's not a scenario which personally affects you. Unless you're going to tell me you're really in the CIA. Besides, I have no love of government, and I feel it's wrong that they've been allowed to create their culture of secrecy to begin with. Try again.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not who's involved. It's the principle. They just have too much data and information on its users. Why do you defend them?

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because there is really nothing to be afraid of, and what info they do use is put to work benefiting their customers. If it were, say, Apple, I'd be more worried. Apple isn't an ad company. Apple doesn't need to know everything about you. But even Apple is just a private company. No guns, no prisons. They're annoying, but not scary.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How is Goolgle any different? Google is no more private than Apple is. I didn't say Apple was an ad company. Why does Google need to know so many details to show users ads that often times the users doesn't even care about?

35. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm saying that the fact that Apple is a private company is why I'm NOT afraid of them. First, let's establish what details Google knows (if you let them). They have your location sometimes. They have your name sometimes. They might have your search history. All of this is optional info, and all of it can be used to better target ads for you. What else can you name that Google even has?

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Address, contact info, pretty much anything you do on an Android phone can probably be tracked by Google. Have you seen how Google Now can easily be tailored to fit your searches and day to day activities? That is too much information right there. Google knows a lot more than you want to deny. It's the truth and I'm not trying to scare you. I'm educating you.

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, if you VOLUNTARILY AGREE to give such info to Google, they have it, and they spit it right back at you with services like Google Now. Unless they have nefarious plans with that data, I really don't understand what the problem is with having a choice to voluntarily give them information.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You don't understand the problem because you don't want to see the potential problem. I'm not saying they have nefarious plans with the data. Just that they have too much data. Google came under scrutiny with their recent update to their privacy policy.

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

They came under scrutiny because people misunderstood their policy. In case you haven't noticed, they are no longer under scrutiny.

24. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I would be worried if Google's motto was "To be evil" but it isn't.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Let me ask you something: In a GPS or map app....if it doesnt have my location, it it gonna recommend whats nearby? So...this is why Google Maps is so much better than Mapquest, the mobile and desktop version? Think Apple wont do similar to make their maps and GPS app good?

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This goes beyond that. It's very creepy how much info google has on you. Do you really want a giant like that keeping that much confidential info around? With Google Maps and Earth, finding a location is almost too easy.

26. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

What? I cannot even begin to imagine, let alone comprehend your bizarre thought process behind that statement...

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