Apple says it had nothing to do with leaked UDIDs

By , Sep 5, 2012

A few nights ago, a group of hackers known as AntiSec published a list of over 1 million Apple device IDs. The group says it obtained the UDIDs, and tons of other information, from the laptop of an FBI agent.

Yesterday, the FBI released a statement, saying that there was no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised, or that its agents collected the data. And today, Apple commented on the situation…

AllThingsD has received word from Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris regarding the leaked UDIDs. And not only does the company deny involvement, she says that they are working on getting rid of Device IDs all together.

“The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDUD and will soon be banning the use of the UDID.”

Earlier this year, Apple started rejecting applications that used device IDs after evidence started surfacing that apps were misusing the data. With the right conditions, a device’s UDID can be used to track a user’s internet movements, as well as to access social networking accounts like Twitter and Facebook.

That being said, it sounds like the problem is going to disappear in iOS 6. But we’re still curious where all the Device IDs came from. If neither the FBI nor Apple had anything to do with them, how were they collected?

We might just find out. In its memo attached to the UDID leak, AntiSec said it wouldn’t answer any questions about the hack unless Gawker ran a photo on its front page of author Adrian Chen in a ballet tutu with a shoe on his head. And in case you missed it, both the site and Chen have complied with the demand.

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  • Laga Mahesa

    I couldn’t care less about UDIDs, they’re anonymous… it’s the linked user details that concerns me. Name + Phone numbers alone, if leaked, will have the spammers wetting their beds in no time.

    • EpicFacepalm

      Spammers won’t be the only problem we will have… And if Apple is in this crap, it won’t be alone. But, I hope not, I hope, not…

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    I can not bring my self to care, so the FBI has my UDID, and? Stupid things have a way to blow out of control….

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    I only can see the people who think “the clouds are made by the government” (yes, there are some people do think that) being ultra scared about this leak.

  • CollegiateLad

    It’s probably a lie anyways like I said yesterday.

  • tharussian4

    Samsung did it. More revenge to come.

  • EpicFacepalm

    Time to use ProtectMyPrivacy

  • ic0dex

    It’s funny how the hackers put our information out there (WWW) for everyone to see and steal and yet we blame the FBI! When iOS 5 came out over 500,000 people paid $7-$10 and provided their UDID number to unauthorized untrusted websites just so they can use the BETA version of iOS 5 and 6. What if the hackers took this information these sites and lied about them stealing this information from the FBI just so they can get the media involved? C’mon now you guys seriously think that some hacker found an agents laptop and hacked it?

    Like I said before why do these hackers always put our personal information on the web for everyone to see and use just so they can prove a point. Six months ago they hacked in to the PSN servers and stoled all of our User names and Password and Credit Card information, for what just to prove that Sony had a bad Firewall? If they did why did they post all of our personal information for everyone to steal? Anonymous, LulzSec these hackers are in it for the money just like everyone else!

  • fuckyou

    Why post this shit? Its already been confirmed it was all fake! Why continue to post and respread the bullshit?