The following is an excerpt from Paul Wagenseil | September 4, 2012 | Foxnews.com |
To cap off a summer of devastating corporate data breaches, hackers on Monday posted online what might be the crown jewel of data dumps: 1 million identification numbers for Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch’s, all purportedly stolen from the FBI.
Even worse, there may be 11 million more Apple device IDs yet to be released, many with full user names, addresses and telephone numbers attached.
“Why exposing [sic] this personal data?” asked the unnamed writer of the Pastebin posting announcing the data dump, who claimed to be affiliated with the anti-government hacktivist group AntiSec. “Well, we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘Hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the [expletive] knows what the hell are they experimenting with that,” well sorry, but nobody will care.”
Safe … for now
Users of the 1 million affected devices are, for the moment, probably not in any danger of identity theft or account takeovers. However, they may want to know why the FBI apparently had their device IDs on file.
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