Hackers obtain 12m Apple IDs, FBI denies leak

The FBI says there is “no evidence” that a hacker group gained access to 12 million identifying codes for Apple devices via an FBI agent’s laptop.

AntiSec, a hacker group, posted a file on the Internet that it said contained more than one million of Apple’s so-called UDID codes – a 40-character string unique to each Apple device.

AntiSec said it gained the codes from the laptop of an FBI agent, and suggested that the 12 million codes were being used by the FBI to track the associated users.

Along with the posted file, the group said in a statement that it had only released one million IDs and had scrubbed identifying information, including full names, telephone numbers and addresses.

Commenting on the AntiSec revelation, the FBI said it had no indication of any link to an agent or computer. “At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

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