Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hackers claim proof the FBI is tracking Apple mobile devices

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/04/hackers-claim-proof-the-fbi-is-tracking-apple-mobile-devices/

FORTUNE -- Toward the end of a bizarre rant that begins with a quote from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and ends with an off-color suggestion -- in German -- for the Republican candidate for President ("Romney aber, sag's ihm, er kann mich im Arsche lecken!") the anonymous AntiSec hacking group gets to the point:

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.

The statement says the data were released Tuesday -- with some identifying information removed -- to alert the public that, in its words,

"[unprintable] FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME [unprintable]"

Note that the hackers don't say they have obtained Apple IDs, passwords or credit card numbers.

Still, if the claims are to be believed, users whose addresses, cell phone numbers and iOS device IDs made their way from Apple's (AAPL) servers to an FBI agent's notebook computer deserve an explanation.

No comment so far from either Apple or the FBI.

The hackers, for their part, say that no further statements or press interviews will be forthcoming until Gawker's beat reporter for two rough-and-tumble social media sites, 4chan and Reddit, is pictured on Gawker's front page dressed in a tutu with a shoe on his head. "No tutu, no sources."

No comment so far from Gawker.

You can read the AntiSec post in full here. Warning: It contains language unsuitable for polite company.

Via: The Next Web.

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