Famous hacker group AntiSec claimed that it stole millions of unique device IDs (UDIDs) of mobile Apple products from a compromised FBI laptop, but the FBI is saying otherwise. AntiSec said it collected about 12 million Apple UDIDs of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches via an FBI laptop. The list allegedly applied to devices around the world; not just in the United States. This is particular worrisome because it would be a huge breach of privacy for the government to be collecting these UDIDs — and it would raise the question as to why they’re doing so. However, the FBI disagrees with AntiSec’s statements. According to the feds, no FBI laptop was compromised and there is no list of Apple UDIDs. “The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed,” said an FBI spokesperson. “At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.” Of course, AntiSec defended its claims today on Twitter under the name “AnonymousIRC.” “Also, before you deny too much: We’re sitting on 3TB of additional data,” said AnonymousIRC’s Twitter. “We have not even started.” AntiSec ended with this on the AnonymousIRC Twitter: “People whose UDID was on the list released by AntiSec might want to compare their installed apps. A common culprit might be found. Many are wondering whether AntiSec is just making huge claims to try and show what it can do (it was proven wrong before about “confidential” documents stolen from NATO) or if the group is sending early warnings about a list that the government could be creating. The latter could be true, considering AntiSec was able to release 1 million UDIDs to the public, but the source and whether it was a government laptop remains unknown.
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