A hacker group has claimed to have obtained personal data from 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad users by breaching an FBI computer, raising concerns about government tracking.
The group called AntiSec, linked to the hacking collective known as Anonymous, posted one million Apple user identifiers claimed to be part of a larger group of 12 million, purportedly obtained from an FBI laptop.
The information was acquired and released by the hackers as a political statement. The lengthy diatribe posted on Pastebin along with the hacked Apple ID info rants about government oppression and hypocrisy.
UPDATE Sept. 4, 21:50 GMT: The FBI has denied that it ever had the 12 million Apple IDs in question: “Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked,” it said on Twitter. “We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE.”
It also said in an emailed statement: “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.”
What is Apple IDs?
Apple ID is an existing email address from any email provider. It is used to log in to systems that Apple Inc. introduced for many of its products, such as iWork, the iTunes Store and the Apple Store. Apple ID serves as an all-in-one account that allows users access to a variety of Apple’s resources. Because an Apple ID can be used on multiple products and services offered by Apple, it can also be called: Apple account, MobileMe account, iCloud account, .Mac account, iTunes Store account, and iChat account.