It appears that Anonymous have posted 1,000,001 UDID’s from a total of 12,000,000 iOS devices that they “retreived” from the FBI
This is the message on Pastebin – http://pastebin.com/nfVT7b0Z which they say had 370,000 hits 1 hour ago at the time of posting this.
The reason for this was to aparently expose the FBI Agent for having 12m Apple UDID on his laptop – why we wonder is the reason for this, are they being tracked?
On the Paste bin it says…..
why exposing this personal data?
well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come
and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the fuck knows
what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care.
FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will
forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released
mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up
the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too.
There’s not much you can do about it as you can’t change your UDID but you can have a look to see if yours is on the list.
How to find your UDID
1. Plug in your iPhone and open Itunes
2. Click on your device to see your iPhone Stats
At the top it says – Name – Capacity – Software Version – Serial Number – PhoneNumber
3. Click Serial number and it will change to Identifier (UDID) this is the number that you need.
Then according to anonymous you can download a decryptedfile of the pastebin entries to see if your UDID is on it.
The Next Web have now published a safe way to find out on this Link
Anonymous say that they haven’t included any of your data as such – in the document but hackers could easily find out some information, such as your address.
This is what they actually say…
there you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their
the original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be
enough to release.
we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses,
not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. some devices
contained lot of info.
others no more than zipcodes or almost anything. we left those main columns we
consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices
are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers
who could figure out some use from the dataset.
That is about all we can do at the moment, we need two questions answered – from Apple – how to we protect our identities if the number has been posted. And from the FBI why do they have all of this information?
We will watch it unfold.