Apple has issued a statement to AllThingsD regarding the news yesterday that a hacker group compromised an FBI laptop with more than 12 million UDIDs from iOS devices.
“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,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.
Antisec leaked more than 1 million UDIDs, but removed any identifiable information.
Bryan Wolfe yesterday gave detailed instructions on how to find the leaked file and see if your iOS device UDID is on the list.
And interestingly, the FBI issued and noted on Twitter, that the reports of an agency laptop being stolen or hacked was false:
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.
Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE
— FBI PressOffice (@FBIPressOffice) September 4, 2012
Which leads to an interesting question – how exactly did Antisec get the information? We’ll let you know if we find out anything else.