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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.
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.
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.
» 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.