After a million Apple IDs were reportedly hacked, the claimed perpetrators "thanked" the FBI, but the bureau said late Tuesday that it was impossible that the IDs could have been hacked from one of their laptops because they never possessed the identifications in the first place, Wired reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is denying a statement made by members of AntiSec over the Labor Day weekend that they hacked into an FBI special agent's file to steal 12 million Apple device IDs and other personal information, Wired said.
The FBI is calling the claim "totally false."
On Tuesday afternoon the bureau press office issued a 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."
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AnonymousIRC wrote, "12,000,000 identified and tracked iOS devices. thanks FBI SSA Christopher Stangl. #AntiSec"
According to the hackers, the information was taken from Stangl's desktop under the title "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv."
NCFTA stands for the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance. It's a non-profit established by FBI agent Dan Larkin in 1997 for the exchange of data between private industry and law enforcement to foster cooperation, its site says.
The hackers were trying to let everyone know that the FBI was using the information to track Apple users, according to Wired.
The information supposedly hacked consisted of 12 million Apple iOS devices, including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, names of devices, types of devices, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, ZIP codes, cellphone numbers and addresses, Wired wrote.
But out of those 12 million IDs, only 1 million were released without the matching personal information, probably because the group's main purpose was to publicize that the FBI allegedly was tracking the users.
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