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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    Michael, 5 Sep 2012 @ 7:15am

    How do you know that this whole event isn't really Antisec's doing but rather the FBI's in order to reveal (in an offhanded way) that they're hoarding all this personal data and then observe people's response? Thinking about it, the FBI would have to be incredibly stupid to just leave that data just sitting on a laptop w/ internet access enabled, not to mention conveniently innoculous to all that uploading.

    Or, it could be that Antisec is flat-out lying or that it's all data they've gathered via other means and are now pinning the blame on the FBI.

    Either way, there's really no way of knowing for sure at this time. Unfortunately, if any of this turns out to be true, the real victims are the 12.3 million whose private info has been compromised.

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