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Apple user data uncovered by hackers
Members of the hacker activist movement AntiSec claim they accessed an FBI agent's laptop and found the unique device identification numbers for 12 million Apple iOS devices. The group posted one million of these ID numbers online. Hackers criticized the data that these UUID numbers can reveal about a user, and called into question what the data could be used for.
These UUIDs are not the same as Apple ID email and passwords used to log into iTunes accounts. Rather, these are unique serial numbers for every Apple device, and can track a user. The hacker group said the data taken taken from the FBI also had the addresses and phone numbers for the owners of these Apple devices.
[UPDATE] After taping of today's show, the FBI released a statement late Tuesday denying AntiSec's claims. The FBI released this statement to media:
The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.
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