It’s obvious the hacking industry is flourishing and whether it’s Windows or iOS everybody is at risk. The AntiSec hacker group blog announced it has 12M Apple IDs from FBI database.
How did it happen? Two words: employee negligence. According to the post on the AntiSec blog, some thoughtless FBI agent left on his laptop’s desktop this said top secret information. Hackers breached FBI security and found a folder on his Dell Vostro notebook that was named “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv”.
This folder turned out to be a huge list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers and addresses. The AntiSec hacker group also added that some personal details were incomplete. Plus there was no file in the folder that would explain why the FBI had 12M Apple IDs, not to mention the other information.
Some of the Apple IDs stolen from FBI were posted online and you can check if your UDID has been compromised by AntiSec. TNW’s database crosschecker is the place where you can see if you are among the one million victims of the recent FBI breach. And if you’re not, keep in mind that another 11M are still in the hackers’ private data base.
Unfortunately there’s not that much info about this recent data breach. Hackers with AntiSec refused to talk to the press unless Adrian Chen from Gawker will pose “with a huge picture of him dressing a ballet tutu and shoe on the head, no photoshop”.
Although media sources tried reaching out to both the FBI and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, authorities kept mum. Hopefully, they will release an official statement later this week.
Before AntiSec hackers stole the 12M Apple IDs, they gained media attention due to their war with security communities such as Astalavista and milw0rm. Their biggest media hit until now was hustling with the well known image hosting site ImageShack, posting their own messages on images property of the popular site. It is believed that all this AntiSec movement is an Anonymous branch used for commercial purposes, using scare tactics to make people purchase their firewalls and protection services.