Apple Responds to Alleged UDID Leak: Don't Look at Us

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The news that AntiSec hackers had leaked a million Apple UDIDs onto the internet was met first with concern, followed swiftly by suspicion. While the situation swiftly devolved into a he said/FBI said, the one concerned party who had remained silent on the matter was Apple itself. Until now.

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The confusion settled in after the FBI softly denied that the UDIDs came from one of its laptops, as the hackers had claimed. Apple, speaking with AllThingsD today, backed up the feds:

"The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID."

NOTHING TO SEE HERE MOVING RIGHT ALONG UDIDS ARE DEAD ANYWAY WHY ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT THIS STILL YA KNOW? And so on.

Which is good to know! But doesn't get us any closer to understanding where all those UDIDs did come from, or how Apple might help protect people from their exposure now and not just in iOS 6. Fortunately, this leak wasn't a worst case scenario; next time, we might not be so lucky. [AllThingsD]

DISCUSSION

It really is funny to watch this being debated. In the 20th century alone, the FBI was smacked down on a regular basis by U.S. courts for the thousands upon thousands of illegal and unConstitutional wiretaps on U.S. citizens. In the 21st Century, the FBI has had to routinely admit that they have violated the already expansive Patriot Act, again, literally thousands of times (and that's what they are willing to admit).

And yet...There is a debate about whether or not they are responsible for the exact same thing in this case following a tepid, though legally sound, denial.

My friends. When dealing with the Federal Government...there is one rule that rises above all others. Where there is smoke, there is always fire.

The question for everyone is: As we learn more and more about the government's "interest" in our internet related habits, are we to believe that this is merely curiosity, or is it time that we finally abandon that fantasy and recognize it for what it really is.

My hope is that we'll adopt the later, and put an end to this, because it is the greatest threat to our Constitutional governance. If we continue to allow them this power, they will never, ever, stop...And eventually, they will own us all.

I'm sorry, but due to circumstances, that will be my final warning on this topic.