FBI Says That AntiSec Is Lying About Stolen UDID Numbers

Hacker group AntiSec claimed to have stolen 12 million UDID from iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads from FBI computers.  The FBI claims that AntiSec is lying.  UDIDs are a unique identifier code for iOS devices that is used when activating your iOS device or when adding it to a developer account.  Each account has a unique UDID code so it is like a serial number.  AntiSec claims to have stolen the UDID codes from a compromised FBI laptop through a Java vulnerability.

The FBI said that they are aware of published reports that alleges an FBI laptop was compromised and private data around UDIDs was exposed.  There is no evidence that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the data was obtained.

The FBI sent out this tweet:

“Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE”

Apple also told AllThingsD that the FBI has not requested this information from Apple and they never provided it to the FBI.  The company is planning to ban the use of UDIDs with iOS 6 too.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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