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A hacking group has posted one million iPhone and iPad device IDs online. According to The Verge, the hackers claim the data was stolen from an FBI agent’s laptop and that they’re in possession of 12 million IDs overall. The hack has been attributed to Operation AntiSec, which is “associated with hacktivist groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec.”
The FBI Press Office Twitter account claims the FBI “never had” the information from the leak and that the rumors are “totally false.” In a statement issued to AllThingsD, an FBI spokesperson said simply “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.”
In response to the AntiSec announcement, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called on Congress to take up a wireless surveillance measure he has drafted that would require more transparency from law enforcement officials about how they capture and store consumers’ private digital data.
“Additional investigation into this reported breach is needed to get to the bottom of the claims made by this hacker group.” Markey said in a statement today. “Still, it would be a mistake to allow this recent incident to pass without reexamining and recommitting ourselves to dealing with this vital personal privacy and protection issue.”
A Florida iPhone and iPad app developer, Blue Toad, has come forward claiming that it is the source of the Apple UDIDs previously released by Anonymous. Their dataset, they say, is a 98% match for the one Anonymous hackers claim to have stolen from an FBI laptop. If so, this development would cast serious doubt on Anonymous' claims and, possibly, calm fears that this data is evidence of an ongoing FBI surveillance operation (a claim the FBI has also denied).