Apple IDs posted by hacker group stolen from Florida company, not FBI

“On Sept. 4, an anonymous hacker group [AntiSec] boasted of breaking into a New York FBI agent’s laptop computer, and making off with unique ID numbers of 12 million iPhones, iPads and iPods. But now Florida-based BlueToad publishing company claims it was the hacking victim, not the FBI,” David K. Li reports for The NY Post. “‘A little more than a week ago, BlueToad was the victim of a criminal cyber attack, which resulted in the theft of Apple UDIDs from our systems. Shortly thereafter, an unknown group posted these UDIDs on the Internet,’ BlueToad CEO Paul DeHart said in a prepared statement.”

“DeHart told NBC News he’s completely sure the stolen material is from his company,” Li reports. “He said technicians compared the hacked data to BlueToad’s own database and found a remarkable 98-percent match. ‘That’s 100 percent confidence level, it’s our data,’ he told NBC.”

Li reports, “In his public statement, DeHart said he’s sorry about the security breach. ‘We sincerely apologize to our partners, clients, publishers, employees and users of our apps. We take information security very seriously and have great respect and appreciation for the public’s concern surrounding app and information privacy,’ he said. ‘BlueToad does not collect, nor have we ever collected, highly sensitive personal information like credit cards, social security numbers or medical information. The illegally obtained information primarily consisted of Apple device names and UDIDs – information that was reported and stored pursuant to commercial industry development practices.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. MDN, you should add “sic” to this article title. UDIDs are not “Apple IDs”. Take the Post to task on lazy reporting please. Thanks. This is already getting blown out of proportion.

    1. Actually, hackers can be essential to moving computing forward, keeping everyone on their toes, thrashing out the crapware and insisting upon brillware. (Brilliant + Software. Get it? Yeah, not my best).

      Much as white hat hackers and even black hat hackers can be a giant PITA, I’ve watched them kick some mighty lazy ass down the road into real progress.

      Then there are the dopey little ‘script kiddies’ and the ‘GIVE ME ATTENTION!’ needy-nellies. THEM I could flog. AntiSec qualify. Bad show kiddies. Bad show.

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