Hackers operating under the Anonymous umbrella released what appeared to be 1 million unique device identifier numbers for Apple devices which it claimed had been pulled from an FBI laptop earlier this year.
The group AntiSec says that the data released Monday was actually just a small portion of the 12 million UDIDs it found on the laptop, Forbes
reports. In addition, while additional information was not included in the release, the group said that the data also include consumers' cellphone numbers, user names and home addresses in some cases, which could be used for identity theft
While the lack of security regarding the usernames raised one concern, others had privacy protection
concerns as to why the FBI would store that many Apple IDs in the first place.
To help consumers see if their UDID was one of the ones released by the group, The Next Web
has set up a page to search through the data.
Data security and hacking remains a significant privacy concern. Identity Theft 911 Chief Information Security Officer Ondrej Krehel
maintains a blog about the topic.
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