The FBI released a statement yesterday, denying that one of their computers had been hacked by AntiSec. The group claimed to have hacked an FBI agent’s laptop and retrieved millions of UDID’s issued to owners of Apple and Mac products. Today, according to Cnet’s Josh Lowensohn, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also denies any knowledge of the FBI or any other group having access to its user base of UDID’s.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released a statement this morning which said that they not only didn’t issue the list to the FBI or any other organization, but that the feature of UDID’s was on its way toward being dismantled and done away with.
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Apple’s statement, which was provided to All Things Digital, said, “The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.”
AntiSec claimed to have retrieved 12 million of the UDID’s from a laptop, which belonged to FBI supervisory special agent Christopher K. Stangl. They claimed to have used a weakness in Java to exploit the computer for information. The FBI, naturally issued a statement soon after, which claimed that no such thing had happened.
Apple’s iOS 6 is reported to be coming available at the same time as the companies new model of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, later this month. We expect Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to announce the creation of the iPhone 5 on September 12th, and that it will subsequently be released on September 21st. This issue of Apple’s UDID’s being hacked could cast a negative light on a company that is considered to be one of the most secured in the wireless industry. Hopefully, iOS 6 will offer stronger protection against such threats.