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Leaked Apple IDs traced to Blue Toad, not FBI

Those Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) leaked last week by AntiSec and thought to have been stolen from an FBI computer actually originated with BlueToad, a company that develops iOS apps for magazine publishers.

According to Wired, security consultant David Schuetz tracked the IDs to BlueToad by analyzing the 40-character numbers that appeared multiple times in the database, allowing him to trace "several of the devices to what appeared to be employees of Blue Toad."

After Schuetz contacted BlueToad, the company verified the data breach and alerted law enforcement and Apple, the New York Times reports.

BlueToad chief executive, Paul DeHart told the New York Times that his company had collected the UDIDs to keep count of how many people used its services, but it had abandoned that practice after it was discouraged by Apple.

The FBI has not commented on the news, nor has it updated its Sept. 4 statement that "there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."

Posted by GCN Staff on Sep 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM


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