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Hacking group claims to get 12 million Apple device IDs


13:16, September 05, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A hacking group has released a set of identification numbers for 1 million Apple devices, claiming it obtained 12 million Apple device IDs in total as well as personal information from breaching the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

In a message posted on late Monday, hacking group AntiSec said it obtained a file with "a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices, including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of devices, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc."

UDID is a sequence of 40 letters and numbers that is specific to Apple devices, establishing a unique identity in Apple's app system. Security experts said the leak of UDID on their own poses little danger to the device owners.

The hackers claimed they obtained the file by hacking into the laptop of FBI agent Christopher K. Stangl, a member of the FBI's Cyber Action Team.

The FBI told the Los Angeles Times that it was aware of the alleged hack but could not comment further. Apple made no comment on the issue.

Some experts doubted the hacking group's claim of breaching the FBI, saying there are many ways that the file could have been obtained.

Graham Cluley, a researcher with the security firm Sophos, said in a blog post that the person who wrote the Pastebin message may be a native German speaker because of some German phrases used in the post.
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