Hacktivist group AntiSec has released more than a million iPhone ID numbers that it claims to have stolen from an FBI computer.
The group says that it has more than 12m Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) in its possession and that the IDs were listed alongside user names, device names, phone numbers, addresses and notification tokens.
AntiSec said it suspects that the FBI was using the information to track iPhone users. Although the group didn't release all of the information it claims to have, it said there was enough data for users to search for their own devices.
In a long statement published online, the group said "we decided we'd help out Internet security by auditing FBI first."
In March this year, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java.
"During the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a 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, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. No other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose," said the statement.
The group also said it was releasing the file to make sure that people "pay attention" to the alleged surveillance by FBI officers, adding that it will not give interviews to journalists until a writer for the American news website Gawker publishes a photo of its writer Adrien Chen, who has criticised Anonymous and other groups in the past, in a ballet tutu.
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