FBI Denies That Hacked Apple Info Came From FBI

from the then-where-did-it-come-from dept

Earlier today, we wrote about Antisec releasing some Apple UDIDs to show that it had apparently collected info on 12 million Apple users, which it claims to have found when it hacked into an FBI's laptop. As we noted at the time, the file was called "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv," which implied that it came from the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, a vehicle set up to allow companies to share info with the government. However, the FBI is now flat out denying that any of its laptops had been hacked or that it had the info. Antisec is, to say the least, unimpressed:
The FBI's denial comes after an earlier, weaker denial, in which they just said they had "no evidence" to support the story. Now they're saying it's "TOTALLY FALSE" (all caps for EMPHASIS). And, of course, Antisec folks are reminding the FBI (and the public) that they're still sitting on 3TB of additional data from this hack -- which suggests that they're planning to release more to prove that the hack really was of an FBI machine. Either way, now that the fight is happening on Twitter, it seems time to grab some virtual popcorn, sit back and watch the fireworks.

Filed Under: anonymous, antisec, apple udids, cybersecurity, fbi, hack, privacy
Companies: apple


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    Wally (profile), 5 Sep 2012 @ 6:22am

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    Adding to this, it should be noted that the UDID'S that were stolen, do change and due to Apple's "oppressive" approach of only allowing one computer-based iTunes account to be authorized on one computer at a time for up to 5 of your devices, the UDID system is non-effective to data theft on the scale shown here. The data stolen was 6 months old.

    For iTunes on the PC, you have to authorize the use of an iOS device by logging into your iTunes account with your Apple ID. When authorized on one computer, you cannot transfer any purchased items from iTunes from your iDevice to other computers without first deauthorizing your main computer and authorizing said device to your next one. It automatically knows and sends a report to Apple if you reformat the computer's hard disk.

    In short, the UDID information is useless unless you can locally and physicslly get onto the authorized computer for a set of devices.

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