PreviousNext

Hackers post details of a MILLION Apple ID codes they claim were taken from the FBI

By // News | Hackers post details of a MILLION Apple ID codes they claim were taken from the FBI
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Questions raised over why the FBI had the data, which is believed to include user names, device names and phone numbers
  • Antisec group claims to have over 12 million IDs - but has not released the most personal data
 

By Mark Prigg

PUBLISHED: 06:02 EST, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 07:05 EST, 4 September 2012

Hackers claim to have released more than a million Apple device IDs obtained from the laptop of an FBI employee.

The AntiSec hacking group claims to have over 12 million IDs, known as Unique Device Identifiers, as well as personal information such as user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses.

It has released a million of them online - but has removed the most personal data.

Have claim to have obtained more than 12 million ID codes Apple uses to identify its gadgets, along with user names and password. The FBI was today facing major questions over why it held the data.

Have claim to have obtained more than 12 million ID codes Apple uses to identify its gadgets, along with user names and password. The FBI was today facing major questions over why it held the data.

The hackers today issued a statement saying: 'During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java.

'During the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of ”NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc.

'The personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts.

'No other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.

It is believed the group published the numbers as it believes the FBI was using the details to track people.

However, before releasing the data, the group removed most of the personal details.

Graham Cluley of computer security firm Sophos believes the FBI now has serious questions to answer.

'Hacktivists are out to embarrass organisations, and it would appear the FBI were lax in storage of data.

'However, we have to be grateful they haven't published more personal information and held back data.

'I'm not sure that there is much harm in the data they have released in isolation, but questions have to be asked as to why the FBI had this information in the first place, and what they were planning to do with it.'

The move comes as Apple is believed to be putting the finishing touches to a launch event for a new version of its iPhone

The move comes as Apple is believed to be putting the finishing touches to a launch event for a new version of its iPhone

The Antisec group has made the files freely available online.

'There you have 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens,' it said.

'The original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be enough to release.

'We trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses, zipcodes, etc.

'Not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked, some devices contained lot of info, others no more than zipcodes or almost anything.

'We left those main columns we consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers who could figure out some use from the dataset.'

The group also defended its decision to release the data.

'well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say 'hey, FBI is using your device details and info.

'So without even being sure if the current choice will guarantee that people
will pay attention to this.'

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Ebola could hit 15 countries across Africa: Study of how disease has spread in past finds 70million people may be at risk of infection

The Ebola outbreak could hit 15 countries across Africa - putting the lives of 70 million people at risk, a groundbreaking study has found. In a ...

economic ties with China as two countries announce £2.4bn in new commercial deals

Britain is to forge closer economic ties with China after Chancellor George Osborne announced £2.4billion in new commercial deals with the People’s Republic. As the annual ...

Manchester Dogs Home: Public raise over £200,000 in hours after dogs home fire

Donations have poured in for Manchester Dogs’ Home after a fire ripped through the premises, killing more than 53 dogs last night. A JustGiving page set ...

Manchester Dogs' Home: 15-year-old questioned on suspicion of arson attack after blaze kills 40 dogs

A 15-year-old boy is being questioned on suspicion of arson after a blaze at Manchester Dogs' Home which killed more than 40 dogs. Firefighters were called ...

Oscar Pistorius braced for verdict in Reeva Steenkamp murder trial

The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has started delivering her long-awaited verdict in a case that has gripped the world - a decision ...

Airline passenger was accidentally given suitcase full of plastic EXPLOSIVES left at Sydney airport by the AFP a month ago... then took them home 

A woman got more than what she bargained for when she was given a replacement suitcase at Sydney airport after her luggage was damaged on ...

I'm convinced Oscar Pistorius is innocent, says journalist to have spent time with the time athlete during his murder trial

Mark Williams-Thomas believes athlete shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake Reporter says he has spoken to Paralympian and his family in 'real detail' He says double-amputee is a ...

Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha

An Australian DJ has made a face-to-face apology to the family of a nurse who killed herself after she put her through to the Duchess of ... Full story

Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without

A trainee teacher hanged himself on New Year’s Eve after a split from his girlfriend, an inquest heard today. Keiran Walsh, 22, split from his partner ... Full story

White Dee, Benefits Street's most infamous and shameless resident

Late on a dark and rainy night, it is all go-go-go down at White Dee’s house in Birmingham. There is a pan of fish stew ... Full story

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand CAR DEALER to save £1 million in celebrity tax avoidance scheme

DJ Chris Moyles claimed to be a second-hand car dealer while presenting Radio 1’s Breakfast Show in a bid to save up to £1million in ... Full story

Comment on: Hackers post details of a MILLION Apple ID codes they claim were taken from the FBI

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Scottish independence live: Latest news as Scotland decides Yes or No

The vote on Scottish independence takes place this Thursday. If Scotland votes Yes, the United Kingdom will split and Scots will go their own way. ...

Mother's horror as thousands of wasps swarm family's living room after nest fell through ceiling while toddler played 

A mother has told how her living room was engulfed in clouds of wasps after a nest in the ceiling burst and fell onto her ...

Australian man, who's facing six years behind bars after he was charged for motorbike crash that killed a local, forced to remain in an Indonesian jail cell after his court case is delayed

An Australia man has been forced to remain in an Indonesian jail cell after the delay of his court case over a fatal motorbike crash.  Jake ...

NATO officer weeps in court as he admits his six-month-old daughter died in his stifling hot car when he forgot to drop her off at a crèche on his way to work

An army officer wept in court today as he described how his six-month old daughter died in his sweltering hot car after he forgot to ...

Female masseuse is fired by Swiss football club after she performs sex act on a player in front of the team (but four other clubs are keen to hire her!)

'Scapegoat': The masseuse was fired by the Swiss football club following the incident after an end of season party A female masseuse who was fired from ...

Detectives searching for Alice Gross to make Crimewatch appeal three weeks after 14-year-old disappeared

Detectives investigating the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross will appeal for the public’s help on Crimewatch tonight. Despite many appeals officers have received no confirmed ...

Is this the ultimate man cave? Father-of-eight converts his drab basement into authentic log cabin - complete with window overlooking the wild frontier 

A father-of-eight built an entire log cabin, complete with a window overlooking the wild frontier, in the basement of his suburban family home. Dennis Martin, 49, ...

Apparently he's making a career out of it! Five-year-old Noah who became an internet sensation after hilarious interview stars in his own commercial for pet food

A five-year-old boy who became an internet sensation after repeatedly using the word 'apparently' during a TV interview has now scored his own commercial. Noah Ritter, ...

A moment in time: Solid gold Rolex given to Eisenhower for helping save Europe from the Nazis to become world's most expensive timepiece as it emerges for sale

The 18-carat gold timepiece was gifted to Eisenhower in 1951It is expected to sell for well over £600,000 at auction tomorrowIt is engraved with his ...

Naked skier competes against the worlds best at the annual One Hit Wonder ski jump event-PICS and VID in 

One Hit Wonder is an annual freeskiing event in Thredbo, eastern AustraliaFreeskiing encourages more creativity than conventional skiing Sam Ruttiman wiped out on his first jump Mr ...