Database of 12 Million Apple UDIDs Leaked
In this story, we learn that hackers got their hands on a database of 12 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) by hacking an FBI laptop.
My question isn’t about the hack, but about the data. Why does an FBI agent have user identification information about 12 million iPhone users on his laptop? And how did the FBI get their hands on this data in the first place?
For its part, the FBI denies everything:
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the FBI said, “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.”
Apple also denies giving the database to the FBI.
Okay, so where did the database come from? And are there really 12 million, or only one million?
If you’ve been hacked, you’re not going to be informed:
DeHart said his firm would not be contacting individual consumers to notify them that their information had been compromised, instead leaving it up to individual publishers to contact readers as they see fit.