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Hackers Leak 1 Million Apple IDs, Blame FBI

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When the headlines say things like 'Hackers Leaked 1 Million Apple IDs', one immediately will start to wonder if Apple and MACs have become vulnerable to attack. Evidently, that is not the case in this instance, since the hackers obtained the Apple UDIDs by hacking an FBI agent's computer. Not sure which scenario is more scary. [URL="http://mashable.com/2012/09/04/hackers-apple-device-id/"]Mashable [/URL]reporting, "The AntiSec hacker group claims it has in its possession more than 12 million Apple iOS Unique Device IDs, as well as other personal info from device owners. To prove it, it has released 1,000,001 UDIDs to the public.The release, posted on [URL="http://pastebin.com/nfVT7b0Z"]Pastebin[/URL], also contains a detailed description of how the hackers allegedly obtained the IDs from the FBI."

The hackers anonymously announced the leak via Twitter and outed the name of the FBI agent in addition to the details of the security breach.

Mashable goes on to say, "Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) are sequences of 40 letters and numbers specific to an Apple device. By themselves, they’re not very revealing, and some of the other info obtained by the hackers can also be obtained by most iOS app developers.
However, Apple has recently started rejecting apps that access UDIDs due to [URL="http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/25/2900787/apple-rejects-UDID-apps"]privacy concerns[/URL]. This [URL="http://www.pskl.us/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/iPhone-Applications-Privacy-Issues.pdf"]study from 2010[/URL] claims the UDID creates a “tempting opportunity for use as a tracking agent or to correlate with other personally-identifiable information in unintended ways.”

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