GLOBAL – Hackers from Anonymous Operations released one million UDIDs (unique identifiers) and associated APNS tokens of a large number of Apple devices, as part of their AntiSec movement.
Authenticity of the released IDs have been confirmed by several news reports, which has led to serious turmoil in the community of Apple users.
A file containing nearly 12 million UDIDs are known to have been infiltrated from an FBI laptop several months ago, along with personal information including names, addresses, phone numbers and ZIP codes. However, personal information had been trimmed out from 1,000,001 records, released through a statement on Monday. Yet it’s not known whether the hackers possess the push tokens relevant to the stolen IDs, which can be used to retrieve more sensitive information through the UDIDs.
Now it’s possible to examine the exposed UDID list online, links to which are available on the statement released by the hackers, to check whether one’s own Apple device has been affected by the breach. However, since only about 8% of the data is publicly available, the absence of any particular device in the list doesn’t eliminate the threat entirely.
The hackers have not yet indicated their ultimate intention in stealing this data.