Apple: 12 million personal data of hacked customers

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Posted: September 4, 2012Updated: March 2, 2016

by Martin

A hacker movement Antisec just announced that they got their hands on personal data of more than 12 million Apple customers having a iPhone or one iPad worldwide.

The case may create a scandal in the wonderful world ofApple. Indeed, a hacker claiming toAntisec just announced that they got their hands on personal data of more than 12 million Apple customers having a iPhone or one iPad worldwide. This information would come from a file containing more than 12 million iDevice identifiers as well as various personal information such as the full name, address and telephone number of all these users.

To prove the veracity of this information, a list of exactly 1,000,001 identifiers (UDID) has been published on the famous website PasteBin.com. The hackers obviously took care to remove the sensitive information to leave only the identification information of the device and their names.

apple dollars - Apple: 12 million personal data of hacked customersThe hacker indicates having got hold of this file in hacking an officer’s laptop FBI last March. The operation was made possible thanks to a Java flaw allowing access to the computer, which allowed him to steal this file (an Excel spreadsheet named “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv”) containing 12,367,232 Apple user IDs.

The hacker hopes to denounce the tracking abusive productsApple by its cellular chips (GSM / 3G / 4G) which according to him can be tracked by the FBI, for example. He also wonders about a possible link between Apple and the FBI: “Could this data have been stolen or provided directly by Apple?”

In practice, this information could be used by other hackers to send false push notifications to these users in order to redirect them, for example, to phishing sites.

As usual, Apple should not take long to react to this revelation. It remains to be seen how the Apple firm intends to explain the fact that data from its users ended up on an FBI computer … business to follow!