(Relaxnews) – On September 4 hacking collective AntiSec released around 12 million Apple IDs which, the group claims, were obtained from a database on a computer used by a member of US governmental agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The group claims to have hacked an FBI agent’s laptop and extracted a list of personal details from over 12 million Apple users. The information is thought to contain Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), usernames, names, types of device, zipcodes, cellphone numbers and even addresses of Apple users.
AntiSec has released 1,000,001 UDIDs along with the device type as proof of the hack, though other personal information has been removed. AntiSec’s statement, which can be found at:Â http://goo.gl/qiG8t, reads:
“During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by [a] Supervisor Special Agent … from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java[;] during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder[:] one of them with the name of “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned [out] to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.”
While it is currently unclear where the FBI would have originally sourced the information from the hack, if it proves to be legitimate, the discovery raises serious questions about what the federal body would be doing with such information.
Twitter users have reacted in fury to the news pushing ‘FBI‘ into the top ten worldwide trending topics at 12:30pm GMT on September 4. Users are calling the hack “mbarrassing for the FBI,” as well as musing about privacy concerns, and questioning the reasons that someone in the FBI might have that information and what they would be doingÂ with it. Millions of Twitter users around the world are also sharing links to reports on the AntiSec hack.