The Federal Bureau of Investigation finds itself defending against rumors that hackers were able to acquire information on over 12 million Apple users through an FBI laptop.
Members of the hacking group AntiSec stated this weekend that its members had stolen a file containing millions of Apple device IDs and associated personal information. The csv file in question supposedly contained:
...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 hackers have reportedly released one million of these Apple IDs, leaving out the personal data. To prove that the file is, in fact, legitimate, they say it was originally named "NCFTA_iODS_devices_intel.csv", which supposedly refers to the "National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance."
The FBI has counter-claimed that they never possessed the files to begin with. On Tuesday afternoon, the Bureau released the following statement:
"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.”
They've also said the same on the official FBI Twitter. Yes, there exists such a thing. Some have taken this opportunity to point out the ineffective and detrimental nature of CISPA and similar bills that call on private companies to "share data" with the government.