FBI Denies Involvement In Apple ID Theft
Officials for the FBI on Wednesday denied any involvement in the theft of one million Apple ID numbers. Yesterday we reported that the group AntiSec had hacked an FBI officials computer while making off with device UDIDs. That same report found that nearly 30,000,000 other pieces of information may have been nabbed in the successful attack.
Speaking to AllThingsD, the crime fighting organization said:
“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.”
“At the moment” and “no evidence” are not exactly a concrete attempt to deny that a breach may have occured. However, FBI officials were more concrete in their denial on Twitter as they wrote:
“Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE.”
Hacktivist group AntiSec claims it took the information from a computer belonging to Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl of the FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team.
At least some of the published UDIDs appear to be real, however, as various groups have noted the UDIDs may have been pulled from various app developers who use the UDID structure for their various mobile applications. In fact AntiSec revealed:
“People whose UDID was on the list released by AntiSec might want to compare their installed apps. A common culprit might be found.”
The group then reminded the FBI that denying the attack could be a mistake:
“Also, before you deny too much: Remember we’re sitting on 3TB additional data. We have not even started.”