According to an exclusive report from NBC News, last week's Anonymous hack, which at the time was reported to have affected 1 million Apple UDIDs obtained from the FBI, was not actually a hack on the FBI at all.
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.
Antisec has reportedly released a million Apple device UDIDs, which it claims to have taken from the 12 million it got from a breach of an FBI laptop. That is kind of terrifying for a variety of reasons, but let's just focus on the one you care most about: What is a UDID, and how might yours being exposed affect you?
Antisec has released 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs), claiming that it obtained them after breaching an FBI computer. It also claims to have over 12 million IDs in total, along with user names, device names, cell phone numbers and addresses to go with them. This is very not good.
Last year, Apple gave developers a slap on the wrists for using UDIDs—unique numbers attached to every iPhone which software designers like because they make it possible to keep track of who's using their apps. Now, however, it turns out that ad networks are bypassing a whole swathe of Apple's privacy rules using a…
Every single iPhone has a unique number attached to that device. Devs like this number, because it lets them keep track of who's using their apps. Apple's realizing this might be a liability, and wants the numbers outta there.