1 million Apple IDs hacked ~ Hackinthus

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

1 million Apple IDs hacked

by Vishesh

Antisec has leaked a list of 1 million AppleUnique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) that the hacker group claims it got from a laptop used by a FBI agent. All Apple devices are assigned the 40-character-long UDIDs, which are usually used by developers who want to test their apps. 

According to a post on the website Pastebin, Antisec stated that while hacking the laptop it accessed over 12 million UDIDs, with details like user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses. 

However, the hacking group chose to only release Apple Device UDID, Apple Push Notification Service DevToken, Device Name and Device Type in its own leak. 

The group posted: "There you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens. The original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be enough to release. we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses, zipcodes, etc. Not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. Some devices contained lot of info. Others no more than zipcodes or almost anything. we left those main columns we consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers who could figure out some use from the dataset." 

How FBI had access to over 12 million Apple UDIDs and the associated details is not yet known. Nevertheless, this leak has sparked off privacy concerns among netizens who are criticising FBI of infringing their privacy and monitoring them like a modern-age Big Brother. 


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