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Apple: We Didn’t Give FBI Any Device IDs

Published on September 5, 2012
by John Paczkowski

Apple has finally weighed in on hacker group AntiSec’s claims that it has obtained millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop. The gist of its comment: If the FBI has iPhone and iPad UDIDs, it didn’t get them from us.

“The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.

AntiSec claimed Tuesday that it breached an agency-owned computer and stole a database said to contain some 12 million unique ID numbers for iPhones and iPads around the world. The FBI branded that story as totally false, saying, “At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

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