Hacking group Antisec are claiming to have obtained 12 million UDID (unique device identifier) records and related personal information.
The 40 character UDID code is tied to a single Apple device and is normally used by app developers for tracking purposes.
AntiSec have released 1,000,001 UDIDs on to the Internet but have removed any personal information such as addresses and emails which it claims it has also obtained.
The source of the data is not a hack on the Apple servers, instead Antisec claim to have obtained access to an FBI laptop belonging to Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office.
A file called “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” was on the agent’s desktop and the hackers claim it contained “12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc.”
The big question is why does the FBI have a file with 12 million Apple ID’s? How did they get them? Did Apple hand them over and why so many?
We suggest you change your passwords (yes, again), just in case Antisec decide to release further information.