Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2012 09:00 UTC
Apple This could be big - although just how big remains unclear. "There you have. 1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens. 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, zipcodes, etc." How did AntiSec get this data (they claim)? From an FBI laptop. Why an FBI laptop would have a file with personal information on 12 million iOS users, we don't know - especially since 10000 of them are Dutch/Belgian, and last I checked, those do not fall under FBI jurisdiction. Did the FBI obtain it from an application developer, or from Apple itself? Then again - 12 million users? From a single iOS developer? I find that hard to believe.
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Shame on these guys.
by jefro on Tue 4th Sep 2012 15:55 UTC
jefro
Member since:
2007-04-13

I don't get the point of this. Sure somewhere this data was not fully protected. Country sponsored and crime syndicate sponsored programs run 24/7 trying to hack into any and all devices. The ability to access 12 million accounts would be a tempting target if the names and addresses and other personal data exist.

The main person who is the victim here is the common simple user. They don't have any idea of security. They bought a cute device, hoped it was safe since everyone else has one and does this or that on it. They now have to worry that they will be the victim of identity theft.

Trust me. It took me two years to get my credit cleared from a Russian hacker that took thousands of peoples credit card data and stole money. Many of the victims just paid the money.

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RE: Shame on these guys.
by bouhko on Tue 4th Sep 2012 19:05 in reply to "Shame on these guys."
bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

1) The hackers claim they have the addresses and phone numbers, but they didn't release them (yet - I guess they'll use that to put pressure on Apple).

2) It's sad, but without that kind of scandals, users will never care about security. If we get 10 more of those, maybe people will start worrying about all the data collection and sharing that's happening.

Edited 2012-09-04 19:06 UTC

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RE[2]: Shame on these guys.
by WorknMan on Tue 4th Sep 2012 19:24 in reply to "RE: Shame on these guys."
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2005-11-13

It's sad, but without that kind of scandals, users will never care about security. If we get 10 more of those, maybe people will start worrying about all the data collection and sharing that's happening.


Why should we be worried? As others have commented already with various quotes, this information 'wants to be free' and can never be contained, despite whatever laws are passed and/or trying to wish it away. It's like worrying about whether it's going to rain tomorrow.

In a world where information is infinitely copyable and instantly transportable around the world, those of you who still think you can keep information private that others want to get their hands on are living in a dream world, unless you can encrypt it, and make sure it doesn't get in the hands of the wrong person. And, well... it's kind of hard to encrypt/keep secret somebody's address and phone number.

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