FBI: "No evidence" of AntiSec hacker group claim

Earlier today, the hacker group known as AntiSec claimed to have hacked into the laptop of an FBI agent and in so doing lifted 12 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) for Apple iOS products from that notebook. AntiSec also publicly released what it claimed were one million of those UDID numbers.

The FBI has now responded to AntSec's post. AllThingsD.com reports that, according to the FBI's 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.

Who is really telling the truth?

That may be the official statement, but News.com reports that they were able to use the data from the AntiSec list to find names and phone numbers of iOS device owners. (AntiSec scrubbed out direct personal information on the list).

So there are still questions: If the FBI is telling the truth, then where did AntiSec get this list of UDID numbers and why did they want to put the blame on an FBI laptop? If AntiSec is being truthful in their statement, then why is the FBI claiming, at least at the moment, that there is no evidence of such a hacker attack?

Source: AllThingsD.com
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"why is the FBI claiming [...] that there is no evidence of such a hacker attack?"

You know the saying of "There are no stupid questions"? You just proved it wrong.

As an American, I am tired of fearing my government and government agencies.. It's supposed to be the other way around!!

Either way, the FBI just admitted that they have UDIDs stored on an agents laptop. Or that they have UDIDs regardless of where they are stored.

Somehow the hackers know this. Usually means they've seen it or stole it. I mean 12 million UDIDs would be one hell of a random thing to say the FBI has.

KCRic said,
Either way, the FBI just admitted that they have UDIDs stored on an agents laptop. Or that they have UDIDs regardless of where they are stored.

Somehow the hackers know this. Usually means they've seen it or stole it. I mean 12 million UDIDs would be one hell of a random thing to say the FBI has.

Pretty sure the article states the FBI claims they did not have the data and don't know why they would have the data. Other than that almost all UIDs get registered on a fairly open and accessible database.

NastySasquatch said,

Pretty sure the article states the FBI claims they did not have the data and don't know why they would have the data. Other than that almost all UIDs get registered on a fairly open and accessible database.

They responded. Obviously they saw it to be a big enough issue that they needed to release a statement saying "Calm down everyone, things are under control. These claims are false".

I'm still pretty sure that 12 million UDIDs would be a pretty random thing to claim the FBI had. Maybe 50 million IPs or network keys would be something worth making up. Not UDIDs.

Yay, antagonizing the hackers who potentially have 12 million peoples personal data, thumbs up FBI. I'm sure that Antisec won't make some sort of response to this.

Uhyve said,
Yay, antagonizing the hackers who potentially have 12 million peoples personal data, thumbs up FBI. I'm sure that Antisec won't make some sort of response to this.

Of course, all hackers try to leave evidence that they hacked into somewhere, a nice bread trail leading them back... yeaahh.. FBI might want to understand that sometimes because they can't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist (or has happened).

I wonder if the FBI run anti-virus... or do they assume they're immune because they've never had one..

sagum said,

Of course, all hackers try to leave evidence that they hacked into somewhere, a nice bread trail leading them back... yeaahh.. FBI might want to understand that sometimes because they can't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist (or has happened).

I wonder if the FBI run anti-virus... or do they assume they're immune because they've never had one..


They didn't say it didn't happen. Just that there is no evidence of it.

happyout1 said,

the FBI ?

Ana Cumpănaş, also known as Anna Sage did it...... and it did not end well for her.
Hint: she was related to John Dillinger.