This has been an interesting back-and-forth subject to talk about. Yesterday it was reported that a large amount of iOS device UDIDs had leaked, supposedly from a hacked FBI laptop. Well today, AllThingsD reported that the FBI never had the UDIDs in question, so they couldn’t possibly have been taken from there. You can’t take something from someone that never had it. Here is the statement from the FBI:
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.
After AntiSec claimed to have over 12 million user UDIDs, many were worried what this meant for the security of their devices. Nothing is really going to happen with these UDIDs, as Apple soon won’t even be using them anymore. UDIDs have been under discussion for a while now, and Apple said they have been working on something different. Recently, developers were restricted from using the device identifiers, with the promise of a suitable replacement on the way. That new solution is fully implemented in the soon approaching iOS 6.
After hearing the FBIs statement, Apple came out and released one of its own. Confirming the FBI report, it never had any of the information AntiSec claims it did. Here is the statement from Apple Spokesperson Natalie Kerris:
The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.
As you can see, AntiSec must have its sources all mixed up. This brings the whole leak into question, as no one really knows where these supposed UDIDs came from. Hopefully it will soon be found out, and taken care of.
What do you think? Was your UDID in the leak? Is this AntiSec just a scam? Let us know in the comments.