NEW YORK: A hacking group today said it has obtained a million identification numbers for Apple mobile devices after breaking into the laptop of an FBI agent, a claim which the federal probe agency said has “no evidence”.
Anonymous affiliate – AntiSec – released a file on the internet which allegedly contained a million identification numbers for the Apple devices.
The group said they obtained the data by hacking into the computer of an FBI agent in March.
Responding to the claim, the federal agency said it is aware of reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple unique device identifiers (UDIDs) was exposed.
UDIDs are 40-character strings of letters and numbers assigned to Apple devices.
“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 said in a statement.
“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 statement said.
AntiSec had posted copies of the file over the weekend and claimed it has a total of 12 million numbers for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, as well as some phone numbers and personal data on their owners.
The group said the purpose of their hacking into the FBI agent’s laptop and releasing the data was to prove that the agency used device information to track people.
AntiSec said they had obtained the file from the computer of Christopher Stangl, a supervisory agent of the FBI’s Cyber Action Team.
LinkedIn Corp is working with the FBI as the social network for job seekers and professionals investigates the theft of 6.4 million member passwords, the company said on Thursday.
The company does not know of any accounts that were taken over as a result of the security violations, according to LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy.
A spokeswoman with the FBI declined to comment. LinkedIn is still in the early stages of the investigation. Durzy said it was not yet determined whether the email addresses that corresponded to the hacked passwords were also stolen.
On Wednesday, LinkedIn confirmed that millions of passwords were stolen. The company sent affected members emails explaining how to change their passwords.
Several security experts said that LinkedIn’s stolen passwords had not been adequately secured and that the company did not employ best practices utilized by the world’s largest websites.
When asked to comment on that criticism, Durzy said that LinkedIn had already boosted the security of its database. “We place the highest value on the security of our members’ data,” he said.
The attack on LinkedIn is the latest in a series of security breaches that could affect sensitive consumer data. The online dating service eHarmony warned on Wednesday that some of its user passwords had been breached after security experts discovered scrambled files with passwords for millions of online accounts.
LinkedIn caters to companies seeking employees and people scouting for jobs. It has more than 161 million members worldwide and makes money by selling marketing services and premium subscriptions.
Shares of LinkedIn closed up 1.1 per cent at $94.13 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.