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FBI denies compromised laptop leak

Updated Apple says it's not involved either
Thu Sep 06 2012, 12:05

MEN IN SUITS at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have denied that hackers representing the Anonymous group Antisec have compromised one of its laptops and got their hands on 12 million Apple user IDs.

Yesterday we reported that a group of hackers operating under the Anonymous Antisec banner released over one million Apple users' UDIDs (unique device identifiers) from a haul of 12 million, but last night the FBI denied that it ever had any in the first place. And in case you might have been tempted not to believe it, it shouted the denial.

"The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed," it added in a statement on its website.

"At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."

There is no proof, other than the claims in the hackers' Pastebin release, that the information was obtained from a FBI agent's laptop, but Antisec reacted quickly to the FBI's statements, saying that they had plenty more information that they could release.

"Before you deny too much: Remember we're sitting on 3TB additional data. We have not even started," said the AnonymousIRC Twitter account in a message.

The Antisec hackers claim to have taken the data from a laptop belonging to an FBI agent named Christopher Stang.

Apple has also debunked talk that it provided such information to the FBI. In a statement sent to Allthingsd it said, "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 UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID." µ


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