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  • Over One Million iOS Device UDIDs Leaked By Hackers


    If you have an iOS device, your UDID may have been leaked to the public today. A group of hackers commonly known as Antisec have exploited a file on the computer of an FBI agent to leak over one million out of 12 million unique device identifiers (UDID) that were present in the file that was on the computer. The massacre certainly raises eyebrows as to why the FBI agent had all of these UDIDs on his or her computer and the breach displays why it wasn't the best idea for security purposes.

    Posted on Pastebin by Antisec late last night, Antisec explains what happened:

    Quote Originally Posted by Antisec
    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 file that Antisec reportedly breached also included a lot more personal information such as first and last names, addresses, phone numbers, and more. Luckily, it doesnít appear as though the hackers have dispersed this kind of detailed information to the public.

    UDIDs are different for every single iOS device and developers have used them in the past to gain anonymous information about devices for their applications. UDIDs can be used to gain information about your device such as the device type, device name, and much more personal information.

    The leak is a disturbing move for many that has caused a great deal of unease for Apple device users, which are worried about their personal security and identity. If youíre one of the worried iOS device users, TheNextWeb has created a Web-based program that can check your UDID against those leaked to see if you were one of the many that were exploited from this file on the FBI agentís computer. TheNextWeb claims that the program will not record your UDID, only compare it with the database. Additionally, you can enter just a fraction of your UDID if youíre worried about security.

    Sources: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Over One Million iOS Device UDIDs Leaked By Hackers started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      Hey iPhone 5 or 6 whatever is coming, new UDIDs for everybody...
      That's true, I feel much safer now.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      you dont know what udids are do you.. well youve never used them for developing etc.
      I know exactly what they are. Now tell us why or how we are suffering by Antisec releasing a list of just the UDIDs.
    1. unixman84's Avatar
      unixman84 -
      Okay so my last comment I guess was deleted... thats odd. Lets redo it.

      Would you feel safer if i could track everything you did without your permission? what if i had the power to eradicate all your enemies? What if everyone else you knew trusted me? What if I was thousands or even millions? would you trust me then?

      I guess when it all boils down, and you get to the bottom line... The moral of the story is that nobody in this was a good guy. I say that because Antisec was only able to collect what they did because someone else did it before them doing the exact same thing, invading your privacy and putting it somewhere you never said was okay to put because i am sure that if given the choice that you would have passed that train up.

      to clarify i am not saying that any intelligence agency is wrong at all. I just think that privacy is not a big enough topic in todays world. People are way to interested in what others do and money is made because of it. its a focal point and nobody would be reading this if i was wrong.

      It's entirely okay now to tear me apart and flame me now.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unixman84 View Post
      Okay so my last comment I guess was deleted... thats odd. Lets redo it.

      Would you feel safer if i could track everything you did without your permission? what if i had the power to eradicate all your enemies? What if everyone else you knew trusted me? What if I was thousands or even millions? would you trust me then?

      I guess when it all boils down, and you get to the bottom line... The moral of the story is that nobody in this was a good guy. I say that because Antisec was only able to collect what they did because someone else did it before them doing the exact same thing, invading your privacy and putting it somewhere you never said was okay to put because i am sure that if given the choice that you would have passed that train up.

      to clarify i am not saying that any intelligence agency is wrong at all. I just think that privacy is not a big enough topic in todays world. People are way to interested in what others do and money is made because of it. its a focal point and nobody would be reading this if i was wrong.

      It's entirely okay now to tear me apart and flame me now.
      'flame and tear' Dispersed!!

    1. unixman84's Avatar
      unixman84 -
      lol
    1. MAYORLIM's Avatar
      MAYORLIM -
      Well...That's new technology for your guys....