Lask week, an online hacktivist group, AntiSec, leaked 1 million Apple UDIDs onto the web. The group claimed that it was able to lay its hands on a total of 12 million Apple device IDs by breaching FBI servers.
At one side, this raised questions about a possible collaboration between Apple and FBI; and at the other, it caused Apple users to panic, many of whom were not sure how serious is a UDID leak and that how could it possibly affect their device’s security. Subsequently, both Apple and FBI released statements on this issue, categorically denying any mutual collaboration. Interestingly, now a small publishing company in Florida has claimed that it may have been the source of the leak of UDIDs to AntiSec.
According to Blue Toad Publishing’s CEO, Paul DeHart, when his company’s technicians compared the list of UDIDs leaked by AntiSec with the company’s database, there was a compelling 98% match.
DeHart says, “That’s 100 percent confidence level, it’s our data. As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this.”
DeHart also extended an apology over all the trouble this leak has caused to Apple users and said that an ongoing investigation is looking into this matter.