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Anonymous hack catches FBI spying on millions of Apple customers

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

From Stephen C. Webster at “”Hackers with the amorphous protest movement “Anonymous” and “AntiSec” said Monday night they caught the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) red-handed spying on Apple customers, and published over 1 million unique device identification numbers they allegedly pulled out of an FBI database.

In all, the hackers claimed that the FBI files they accessed had more than 12 million Apple UDIDs, the unique identifier associated with every iPhone and iPad that comes off the production line. They also said that most UDIDs in the FBI’s database had names, cell phone numbers and addresses attached to them, which were edited out before publication. Apple has sold nearly 200 million iPhones and more than 50 million iPads since both devices’ debut.

Apple has been phasing out the UDID standard, and recently made changes to prevent third-party applications from sending users’ UDIDs to unknown parties. Apple told a congressional inquiry in 2010 that it cannot track iPhones in real time, but a hacker named Eric Smith noted that third party applications can transmit UDIDs, which could potentially be linked to the owner and used to track that person.

And that’s precisely what hackers with Anonymous think the FBI was doing.”"

What does this mean? It means the FBI knows what computers and phones you own. Couple this with the current ability of the government to monitor items through their UDID, they can now monitor YOU wherever you bring your phone (Record your calls, texts, web visits, etc) or use your computer. Big brother would be proud.

I have mixed feelings about anonymous, ever since their top guys were turned by the FBI. In all though, I think they have the public’s best interests at heart, and that is more than I can say for many governments.

Logan D

(The full rawStory article by Stephen C. Webster is here)

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