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06 September 2012, 12:22

UDID leak: Apple says it did not provide the list

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Apple icon Apple has broken its silence over the UDID leak which resulted in a million unique device identifiers being released to the public and another eleven million allegedly being held by Anonymous subgroup AntiSec. The loose collective of hactivists claims that a total of twelve million IDs were found on an FBI laptop it had hacked into. "The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization," Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD.

The Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, added that the company will soon be banning the use of UDIDs – in iOS 6 there are new replacement APIs for generating and regenerating unique identifiers. The company has already started preventing new applications that use UDIDs from being accepted into the iTunes App Store.

Yesterday's apparent denial by the FBI that the UDID file came from one of its laptops or that it had the list in the first place, in combination with Apple's statement, increases the mystery around the source of the UDID list. @AnonymousIRC, often used for AntiSec messages, may have given a clue when it tweeted that "People whose UDID was on the list released by AntiSec might want to compare their installed apps. A common culprit might be found".


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