Hacker Group Outs 1M Apple Unique Device ID’s 11M more in their Possession
A hacker group by the name of AntiSec has released 1M Apple UDID’s or (Unique Device Identifiers). Unlike many other recent hacks that found vulnerabilities in corporate security giving way to personal information; the group allegedly obtained the information from an FBI laptop that was compromised.
The information obtained contained personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and device names, though the hacker group scrubbed the personal information from the list prior to releasing to the public. This left only the unique identifiers, which in them still holds personally identifiable device names that could pose a risk and allow additional information to be uncovered about the device holder.
Though the group did not release the list with obtained personal information, the fact that they have the information in their possession could lead to a larger problem. The group only released 1M of 12M total obtained identifiers and what they will do with this information is not clear.
With an alleged FBI laptop being compromised, this may bring to question what other types of personal information the group obtained? It also puts a spotlight on the FBI, which will have people questioning the FBI’s security policies as well as how a list like this was obtained and what the UDID’s were being used for?
These questions may never be answered and it is not yet known if Apple had worked with the FBI on this list or if it was secured through other means. It is known that UDID’s can be found in Apple developer databases so they may have been scraped and compiled into a massive list through the databases.
There is a site that will allow you to check if your identifier has been compromised. We have not listed this link but you can find it by doing a search for “the next web antisec udid tool.”