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AntiSec hackers release 1 million stolen Apple device IDs – are you affected?

Zach Epstein
September 4th, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Hackers claiming to be a part of the “AntiSec” movement being carried out by Anonymous Operations on Monday released 1,000,001 unique identifiers (UDID) tied to various Apple (AAPL) devices. The IDs, which have reportedly been confirmed to be authentic by multiple news outlets, are allegedly part of a larger data file obtained when Anonymous hackers infiltrated an FBI laptop several months ago.

The hackers claim approximately 12 million UDIDs were taken in total, along with personal user information including names and phone numbers, though all personal information was stripped from the data released by the hackers on Monday.

“There you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens,” the hackers said in a statement. “The original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be enough to release. We trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses, zipcodes, etc.”

It is unclear if the hackers also obtained “push tokens” associated with each ID that might help those who possess the data obtain more sensitive personal information using the UDIDs, MacRumors notes.

Are you affected by the breach? Unfortunately, the only way to determine if a UDID from your Apple device — along with your name, phone number and other personal data — is included among the hacked data is to examine the hackers’ UDID list, links to which are provided in the statement released on Monday. Because this is less than 10% of the data the hackers claim to have obtained, however, users with devices not included in the initial data file may still be affected.

The hackers have not indicated what they ultimately intend to do with the data.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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