Hacktivist group AntiSec announced on Tuesday that it had stolen 1 million Apple UDIDs from various mobile devices, that announcement has now sent Apple on the defensive.
The world’s largest technology firm issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon in which it denied rumors that Apple had simply handed over the UDIDs to the FBI.
Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris tells AllThingsD:
“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 UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.”
The FBI has went one step further, claiming that not only did the Bureau not have a computer hacked with Apple UDID information but rather that the FBi has never held information for more than 1 million Apple devices.
In the meantime the UDIDs posted online by Antisec appear to be valid which still raises questions as to how more than 1 million UDIDs were so easily obtained.
AntiSec supporters have hinted at the possibility that the UDIDs were gathered from a popular mobile app. 3rd party developers have access to UDIDs after users install certain applications on their Apple iPhone devices.
Many experts are questioning why Apple continues to use the antiquated UDID system which lends itself to simplified attacks by outside sources.
Do you think Apple handed UDIDs over to the FBI or was a third party application without property security measures to blame?