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September 10, 2012

App publisher says they were the victims of UDID leak — not the FBI

14:12 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2012
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.
Apple spokesperson Natale Kerris • Denying that they were working with the FBI by sharing UDID numbers with them — but further, emphasizing that the UDID system will soon be a thing of the past. The statement backs up the FBI’s statement saying there was no evidence they had such data, or that they had been hacked at all. One million device UDIDs were leaked on Tuesday by hacker syndicate AntiSec.
13:24 // 1 year ago
thenextweb:

(via The Joy of Tech comic… because somebody has to make fun of our new computer overlords.)

Secretly dream of this happening, as much as we like Apple.

thenextweb:

(via The Joy of Tech comic… because somebody has to make fun of our new computer overlords.)

Secretly dream of this happening, as much as we like Apple.

9:28 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.
The FBI • In a statement, released Tuesday, refuting claims from AntiSec that an FBI official had millions of Apple device UDID codes sitting on their desktop — ripe for the picking by the hacker syndicate. AntiSec released one million UDID codes last night, and claims they have 11 million others in their possession.
17:33 // 1 year ago
Guess what’s happening next week? Why yes, that is a shadow in the shape of the number 5, Apple fans.

Guess what’s happening next week? Why yes, that is a shadow in the shape of the number 5, Apple fans.

12:18 // 1 year ago
Still, without any actual quotes from Willis or his agents, lawyers, etc, nobody would follow this up and just write a story, would they? Without any sources?
The Guardian’s Charles Arthur • Getting a little snarky about  a story which floated around the ether yesterday, in which it was claimed that Bruce Willis had planned on suing Apple for the right to leave his music in his inheritance for his children. One problem: The original cited story has little to go on, and was later confirmed by his wife Emma Heming-Willis to be false — but not until after a number of media outlets picked it up. It gets worse — Arthur infers that the writer of the original story might have read a story regarding “Estates and Wills” and mistook “Wills” for “Willis.” (Which, if the case, is downright embarrassing.) Good rumors die hard.
8:38 // 1 year ago

Hacker group leaks list of 1 million Apple device identifiers, says it’s from FBI

  • 12 million the number of Apple iOS device identifiers in the FBI’s custody, according to AntiSec
  • 1 million the number of device numbers AntiSec publicly leaked early Tuesday morning source

» Wait a sec … the FBI had them? Well, funny story about that. Back in March, the group says they gained access to a computer owned by an FBI official. Just by chance, they found a file on the agent’s desktop titled “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” — a long list of 12 million UDID identifiers for iOS devices, along with a number of other pieces of personal info. AntiSec released just 1 million of the UDID numbers (which you can analyze here to see if you were nailed), but it’s worth keeping in mind that the odds may not be super-high of getting hit. There are 410 million iOS devices on the market, as of July. The problem for many is that the FBI reportedly had this info in the first place. What did they need it for, and why was it sitting on some dude’s desktop?

UPDATE: The FBI says that there is “no evidence” they had a file like the one described above.

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8:11 // 1 year ago
August 31, 2012

Apple, Google reportedly sorting out their differences over patents

  • cause In a stinging defeat for Samsung and a resounding victory for Apple in its fight against Google’s Android operating system, jurors decided a highly-watched patent lawsuit sharply in the iPhone maker’s favor, leading to over $1 billion in penalties and word of an appeal.
  • reaction Apparently, the respective CEOs at Apple and Google — two companies that have slowly become bitter enemies over the smartphone market — are talking about some sort of patent agreement. Could Apple cave and offer Google licensing? source

» Why the jury favored Apple: Jury foreman Velvin Hogan, in an interview with the BBC, says that the evidence strongly showed that Samsung was infringing on Apple’s patents. “When we went into deliberation in the jury room we not only had all the physical evidence of everything that was presented,” he said, “but we also had sealed source code in its entirety from both sides, we actually had the memos that were talked about in the trial … and there was a piece of evidence after a piece of evidence that just clearly stacked up.”

11:02 // 1 year ago
August 30, 2012
"Well that’s just like, your opinion, man.": BuzzFeed has a set of previously-unseen photos of Steve Jobs, from which you get the impression that he could’ve turned out to be either a man with a lost rug or the CEO of the world’s largest computer company. (It was the latter.)

"Well that’s just like, your opinion, man.": BuzzFeed has a set of previously-unseen photos of Steve Jobs, from which you get the impression that he could’ve turned out to be either a man with a lost rug or the CEO of the world’s largest computer company. (It was the latter.)

13:16 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012
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23:44 // 1 year ago