Apple and FBI issue statements about UDID theft

You may remember the story  from earlier this week that hacker group AntiSec allegedly acquired 12m iOS device UDID’s and made 1m of them public. They claimed to have gotten them from an FBI laptop but the FBI released a statement saying:

 The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.

Apple have now also released a statement to AllThingsD denying supplying the info to the FBI in the first place:


“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”

So the 2 immediate conspiracy theories are either AntiSec were lying or Apple and the FBI are covering something up. Either way, somebody has some ‘splaining to do.

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  • drbob

    can we call this Applegate?

    • Louis

      Not really Apples fault this time

      • frank

        calm down – It was meant as a joke