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Hacker group alleges it stole 12 million Apple IDs from the FBI

By Salvador Rodriguez
Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 09:59 a.m. HST, Sep 04, 2012

LOS ANGELES » A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information on a million of them on a website.

AntiSec, which is short for anti-security, alleges it gained access to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs after hacking into the computer of an FBI agent. It did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to.

AntiSec said it chose to release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people’s attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people’s Apple device details.

“Well we have learnt (sic) it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device detail,’ ” the group said in a note posted online.

The group claims that some of the devices on the list also contain names, telephone numbers, addresses and ZIP codes. But AntiSec said it chose to reveal only user IDs, device types and device names in the portion of the list it released.

It wasn’t immediately clear what damage could be done with a device’s ID or how users can protect themselves if their information was stolen or released.

The FBI told the Los Angeles Times it was aware of the alleged hack but a spokeswoman said the agency could not comment further.

Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I am not surprised one bit by this discovery if it is in fact true.
on September 4,2012 | 09:57AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
So why is the FBI spying on Apple fan boys? Is this some great socialist plot to disrupt the OS wars? Does the FBI know that Steve Jobs died?
on September 4,2012 | 10:11AM
entrkn wrote:
the FBI is invading our privacy and then not protecting our privacy... sometimes I wonder how relavent and essential the FBI is these days.
on September 4,2012 | 10:19AM
cojef wrote:
There goes your privacy, where? Sold to highest bidder, perhaps. FBI, wouldn't it past them that any dirt they can get on you, they can use that info to make you into their mole. For what purpose,??? If you got a past.
on September 4,2012 | 10:21AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Why would the FBI be collecting computer ID numbers ? Maybe they want to make it easy to arrest someone after a crime has been committed using an apple computer? Seems abit out there but why else would they want that type of information.
on September 4,2012 | 11:20PM
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