AntiSec Claims FBI is Tracking Apple Users

Author: Craig Blaha
Published: September 04, 2012 at 7:51 am

SlashGear reports hacking group AntiSec has used the latest Java vulnerability to hack into a laptop used by "Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team." Acording to the claim posted by AntiSec to pastebin, one of the files recovered from the laptop was called “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” and contained 12 million "Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc."

AntiSec released a one-million entry sample of UDID's, cleaned of the personal information related to the UDID's. The group claims there were no other records explaining whether the records were being used for surveillance purposes or how those records were obtained. Slashgear  speculates that the NCFTA refers to

the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, an organization which “functions as a conduit between private industry and law enforcement with a core mission to identify, mitigate and neutralize cyber crime” and which “manages the collection and sharing of intelligence” between those groups.

The NextWeb has a tool that allows you to check and see if your UDID was among those released by the group.





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