FBI denies AntiSec's Apple hack claims

News 5 Sep, 2012

US crime agency hits back at hacking group's claims, while security vendor suggests data could be used to track Apple users.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has denied reports that a hack of one of its agent’s laptops led to the leak of one million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs).

As reported by IT Pro yesterday, hacking group AntiSec claims to have obtained the UDIDs of 12 million Apple devices by accessing the laptop of a FBI special agent.

So far, the group has released details of just one million Apple users.

The group released details of the alleged hack on text sharing site Pastebin yesterday, alongside instructions detailing how to download the database.

The FBI has since issued a terse statement, denying AntiSec’s claims.

“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed,” said the statement.

“At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

The statement has been picked over by members of other hacking groups on social networking site Twitter since it was published last night.

One tweet, sent from the @YourAnonNews account, stated: “FBI statement is ambiguously short. States [data] not from an 'FBI' laptop. How about a personal laptop of an FBI agent?”

In a blog post, security vendor Imperva said, if the data is real, it could be used to track the whereabouts of Apple users.

“They [the hackers] may be able to cross reference the breached data to monitor a user’s online activity [and] possibly even a user’s location,” said the firm.

“To be clear, the released database is sanitised, so you cannot perform this type of surveillance today...but with the full information that hackers claim to have, someone can.”