Obtain your iPhone’s UDID with ease via the new Unique jailbreak tweak

Getting to your iPhone or iPad’s UDID (unique device identifier) is more work than it should be. Ordinary users can connect their device to a computer or visit a specialized website to view their handset’s UDID. Jailbreakers have the option find their UDID in their favorite package manager.

But even after finding it, there’s sometimes a need to copy and paste the UDID elsewhere, such as for certain jailbreak tweak activations and other fringe scenarios.

How to find your Apple Watch UDID

It's relatively easy to find your iPhone or iPad's UDID, because you can do so directly from the summary page in iTunes. But what about the Apple Watch?

Since the Apple Watch has no summary page in iTunes, you'll need to use Xcode in order to find the Apple Watch UDID. In this post, we'll show you how to do just that.

700,000 UDIDs of jailbreak tweaks pirates leaked

A list of 700,000 UDIDs of devices used to install cracked tweaks from a pirate repo have been leaked online a few days ago. The list of leaked UDIDs, which was apparently compiled several months ago, is available as a text file, and a Twitter account was specially created to tweet one UDID every few minutes to somewhat expose the pirates.

Besides trying to shame the pirates by exposing their UDIDs, this move doesn't represent much risk for the users whose Unique Device Identifier was leaked as it can hardly be tied to any personal information that could identify a user.

Apple to stop approving apps that use UDIDs or don’t support iPhone 5

After more than a year of warnings, it looks like Apple's finally putting the kibosh on the use of Unique Device Identifiers. An announcement was posted to the iOS developer portal this afternoon that starting May 1, apps using UDIDs will not be approved.

But that's not all. In addition to the UDID deadline, Apple has also informed developers that after May 1, all new apps and app updates must be built for iOS devices with Retina displays and iPhone apps must support the 4-inch display on iPhone 5...

Apple opposes iPhone tracking class-action bid as ‘desperate’

Apple is once again in U.S. District Court, attempting to derail a lawsuit claiming apps for the iPhone and iPad collected location data and other personal information without explicit permission from users. Responding Thursday to an effort by plaintiffs' attorneys to classify the lawsuit a class action, Apple's legal team argued no harm was suffered and suggested the call for class action status is a "desperate attempt" to collect legal fees...

Apple explains new UDID replacement in iOS 6

Apple took a lot of heat over their UDID system earlier this year when it was discovered that some developers were misusing the information. And the criticism amplified a few weeks ago when hackers published a list of over a million device IDs.

In response to the hack, Apple released a statement saying that it was going to be replacing the UDID in iOS 6, and was banning the future use of the data. That replacement is called Advertising Identifier, and Apple introduces it in iOS 6 GM...

Publishing firm Blue Toad says it’s to blame for leaked UDID list

So this is kind of interesting. Remember that list of 1 million Apple device IDs that the hacking group AntiSec claims it stole from the FBI and then leaked online? Well it may not have actually come from the FBI.

According to a new report, the UDIDs in the list matched up with data from Blue Toad, a digital publisher that specializes in bringing hard copy content to the internet. And the company is taking full responsibility...

Apple says it had nothing to do with leaked UDIDs

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...

Predictably, FBI denies involvement in UDID scare

If you've been anywhere near an electrical outlet today, you already know about the latest privacy scare reportedly involving the hacking group AntiSec publishing a million UDIDs they allegedly lifted from a laptop belonging to an FBI agent. It's been all over the news and concerned citizens jumped to the rescue by writing a web app to check if your device identifier has been compromised (though I wouldn't be typing in my UDID into some web form if I were you).

Well, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also known under the widely popular FBI moniker, issued a public statement related to the scandal. No, the Bureau absolutely had nothing to do with collecting Apple UDIDs. Its agent wasn't carrying around a file with a whopping twelve million device identifiers, thanks for your question. And of course they refuted the story and denied any wrongdoing. Sometimes, it's easier to believe in God than to trust the Government, isn't it?

Check if your iOS device has been compromised by the FBI breach

Yesterday, news broke that the hacking group AntiSec published a million UDIDs from an alleged trove of twelve million device IDs claimed to have been stolen from a laptop belonging to an FBI agent. Even though the hackers had removed some of the identifiable information from the list, your UDID might be exposed out in the wild, along with 999,999 other IDs posted on the web.

And why would you want to know if your UDID is out there for everyone to see? Good question. Your UDID uniquely identifies your device and expert hackers could use it to glean all sorts of information from other data associated with your UDID.

Yeah, it's a privacy catastrophe, one that might potentially even lead to identity theft. Perhaps even more important than that, wouldn't you like to know if your device is on the FBI's watch list?

Hacker group leaks 1 million Apple device IDs from FBI breach

Earlier this year, Apple started rejecting applications that called on unique device identifiers (or UDIDs). The move came amidst privacy and security concerns, as several apps were found to be misusing the information.

Tonight, those concerns multiplied as the hacking group known as AntiSec announced that it had acquired more than 12 million device IDs from a recent FBI hack. And they've just released a million of them...