FBI Denies Collecting iPhone Tracking IDs
Published on: 5th Sep 2012
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Following reports that a laptop computer belonging to the USA's crime agency the FBI containing over a million Apple iPhone tracking codes had been hacked into the FBI has issued a denial.
The reports of the hack focused less on the ability to break into the computer than the suggestion that the FBI was monitoring smartphones across the country. The stolen data appeared to list over a million of Apple's so-called UDID codes, which are the unique identifier inside each handset.
The UDID codes are often used by websites and apps for logins and ad serving, and a database of the codes could contain personally identifiable information.
However, the FBI responded saying that there "is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."
Although other people have checked the leaked data and confirmed that the UDID codes are valid, they could either be randomly generated by a hoaxer, or a legimitate download from a mobile app vendor who needs to log the information anyway.
The data was posted onto a hackers website by a group calling itself AntiSec.