DIGITAL PUBLISHING TECHNOLOGY COMPANY Bluetoad has admitted that it was the source of the Apple user information that was leaked by hackers last week.
"A little more than a week ago, Bluetoad was the victim of a criminal cyber attack, which resulted in the theft of Apple UDIDs from our systems. Shortly thereafter, an unknown group posted these UDIDs on the Internet," wrote Paul DeHart, CEO and president of Bluetoad in a blog post.
"At Bluetoad, we understand the importance of protecting the safety and security of information contained on our systems."
DeHart said that although his firm usually defends itself successfully against "thousands of cyber attacks each day," this one was different, more determined and more effective.
"This determined criminal attack ultimately resulted in a breach to a portion of our systems," he admitted.
"When we discovered that we were the likely source of the information in question, we immediately reached out to law enforcement to inform them and to cooperate with their ongoing criminal investigation of the parties responsible for the criminal attack and the posting of the stolen information."
According to the post no sensitive personal information like credit card information was lost, and the practice of storing Apple UDIDs was stopped some months ago.
The vulnerability that enabled the breach has been fixed, he added, meaning that it won't happen again. µ