1 Million Apple UDIDs Leaked, 12 Million Total Stolen from FBI Notebook
September 4, 2012 in iPhone News & Rumors by
A hacker team called AntiSec released a 1,000,001 UDIDs (Unique Identifiers) of Apple iOS devices on the Internet. UDID is a unique 40-digit code assigned to each iOS device and is often used by developers to distribute beta apps to an iOS device. These leaked UDIDs were gathered after the hacker group breaking an FBI agent’s notebook, the hackers claim.
The released 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs data linking to their users and their Apple Push Notification Service tokens. The hacker said that this is only a small part of the leaked file. The Dell Vostro notebook which belong to a senior federal agent who was tracking the activities of hacktivists in LulzSec, Anonymous and related groups in the past.
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It was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java and some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder and this is one of them: “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv”
There are actually 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices inside the file, and besides the UDID and APNS tokens itself, some records in the FBI database also contained other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses,
zipcodes, etc inside the “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” file on Dell Vostro notebook which was used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was hacked during the second week of March 2012.
So, what did Anonymous do with the 12 million device IDs they allegedly obtained from an FBI agent? They published 1 million of them online as we mentioned earlier, to draw attention to what they see as warrantless tracking of US citizens by the FBI, after they trimmed out other personal data.
Anonymous says that the “FBI is using your device info for a tracking people project or some sh*t,” and hopes their actions make Apple reconsider using device IDs with their iOS devices. They feel that it makes tracking people far too easy and they want to see an iPhone that makes it harder for Federal Agents to track.
If you’re wondering whether your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch’s UDID appears on the leaked list, open up this website http://kimosabe.net/test.html and put your iPhone UDID.
First, you need your UDID. You can get iOS UDID by following these steps:
- Plug your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch into your computer
- Open up iTunes software
- Click on your device in the left hand pane
- Click ‘Summary’
- Click on the serial number of your device
- You should now see the UDID of your device
Why exactly the FBI had access to, and were storing 12 Million UDIDs is perhaps the more concerning aspect of this story, and no statement has yet, or is likely to be, released from the FBI regarding this.
Full story: http://pastebin.com/nfVT7b0Z
Interestingly, PasteHTML claims that Obama’s UDID is 473d6e1ebf0b100ed172ce5f69c97ba6c8f12ad5 (can be checked here: http://pastehtml.com/udid?udid=473d6e1ebf0b100ed172ce5f69c97ba6c8f12ad5) and it’s among the those leaked by AntiSec. If it’s true, then Obama named his iPad “hobamain” which might be a mash-up of his middle name, “Hussein” with his last name.
Though we’re not sure that it is really him.