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Leaked Apple IDs came from a publishing company, not the FBI

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:35PM EST

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Hackers who are purportedly part of Anonymous last week claimed to have stolen more than 12 million unique identifiers belonging to various Apple (AAPL) devices. The hackers claimed that the IDs were obtained from a compromised FBI laptop, although both Apple and the FBI denied the report. But now a small Florida-based publishing company called BlueToad has admitted to NBC News on Monday that the stolen data had been obtained from its own servers. BlueToad technicians downloaded the data released by Anonymous and found a 98% correlation rate between the leaked information and its own data. 


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.