In a recent breach of FBI security, hacktivist group Antisec have released a large cache of data that was apparently stolen from an FBI agent’s laptop. The group claim they have intercepted 12 million files of Apple user data from the laptop and have released just over 1 million of the files to the public. The files include user’s names, addresses, phone numbers, post codes, Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), as well as other personal information.
In an overtly satirical statement regarding the release, the group have said:
“We have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the fuck knows what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care. FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too. So without even being sure if the current choice will guarantee that people will pay attention to this fucking shouted ‘FUCKING FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT’ well at least it seems our best bet, and even in this case we will probably see their damage control teams going hard lobbying media with bullshits to discredit this, but well, whatever, at least we tried.
The FBI has refuted these claims and has released a statement, which read:
“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.”
In regards to Apple’s part in this debacle, the tech giant has denied any claims they had given the information to the FBI. Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD:
‘The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization,
Others on the twitter grapevine and on several blogs have also suggested the information could have also been hacked from an app transmitting user data to a server and not from Apple.
Marco Arment, developer of the instapaper app, wrote in a recent blogpost:
“All of this information could have been collected from an app transmitting data to a server. For instance, this is exactly the information that an ad network would want to collect. And in order to get stats from 12 million devices, it would probably need to be from a set of popular, free apps … where you’d probably see ads,”
Whether or not Apple did really share the information with the FBI, it does make you wonder who else could be sharing your personal information with government agencies. Welcome to 1984 people.
Article By Tarant Hill.