FBI Denies Leak of Apple Device IDs

Hacktivist Group Claims to Have Obtained 12 Million
FBI Denies Leak of Apple Device IDs

The Federal Bureau of Investigation denies that one of its agent's laptops was compromised by Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist group Antisec, which claims credit for such a breach. The group says the breach gave it access to 12 million Apple unique device identifier numbers.

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Antisec says in a statement on Pastebin that it used a vulnerability in Java to breach a laptop of an FBI agent. But an FBI statement notes: "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."

The hacktivist group says that it posted 1 million Apple device IDs on Pastebin. In addition to retrieving 12 million device IDs from the FBI laptop, the group claims it retrieved other information about Apple device users, including usernames, device names, types of devices, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, ZIP codes, cell phone numbers and addresses.

Officials at Apple did not reply to requests for a comment.

In recent months, Antisec has targeted government sites, including OnGuardOnline.gov and the Justice Department (see: Antisec Targets Government Security Site).

About the Author

Jeffrey Roman

Jeffrey Roman

News Writer, ISMG

Roman is the former News Writer for Information Security Media Group. Having worked for multiple publications at The College of New Jersey, including the College's newspaper "The Signal" and alumni magazine, Roman has experience in journalism, copy editing and communications.

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