Hackers Release 1 Million Apple IDs Stolen From FBI

Members of the Anti-Sec hacktivist group have released 1 million Apple devices IDs that were stolen from the laptop of FBI agent Christopher Stangl, a member of the FBI’s Regional Cyber Action Team.  This is only part of a 12 million ID trove that was acquired from Agent Stangl’s laptop.  The full article is on Wired.

The file, according to the hackers, contained a list of more than 12 million Apple iOS devices, including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, names of devices, types of devices, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, ZIP codes, cellphone numbers, and addresses. The hackers released only 1 million UDIDs, however, and did not release the accompanying personal information for the IDs.

The Apple UDID, or unique device identifiers, are hard coded device IDs embedded into every Apple device.  It would appear that the FBI file indicates that these Apple IDs and their users were being tracked by the FBI through the use of their Apple device.  Anti-Sec released the list , without the personally Identifying information, so that people would know they are being tracked. The Next Web has released a web tool for people to check if their Apple UDID is among those that the hackers released.


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