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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a denial of responsibility regarding the leak of more than 1,000,000 iOS UDID numbers last night.

In a statement issued in the past hour:
The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.
The statement is not a blanket denial that the information did not come from the FBI, but instead says there "is no evidence" that a laptop was compromised or that the FBI sought or obtained the UDIDs.

Article Link: FBI Issues Denial About Leaked UDID List


Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
Which now leaves more questions to be answered.... How did the FBI get roped into this and where did the list truly come from.


macrumors 6502
May 18, 2012

Hey, I believe 'em. Afterall, the government, and any of its entities....Never lies....nudge nudge ;) ;)


macrumors 6502
May 18, 2012

Its kinda sad when you have the tendency to believe the hackers over the investigators.


macrumors newbie
Aug 9, 2012
Has anyone found their UDID to be compromised yet? Just checked mine and luckily i'm all good!


macrumors 6502a
Dec 22, 2011
I pretty much thumbed up all the comments in here lol...

Denial is truly getting old.


macrumors regular
Oct 12, 2011
From the thread of the original story (now closed for cleanup)...

A hacker CLAIMS they got the info off an unprotected laptop, and an FBI one at that.

And you buy it hook line and sinker, just like they wanted.

Now you'll go to their website to check you UDID and give them who knows what info. Which might be their real game

After all, the best hacks are social

What they said. But it does make for a good story.

However, I'm certainly not saying the FBI is incapable of having such a list and that it was hacked. I'm just saying this social hack theory is also a real possibility, and I don't trust the hacker(s) either.

My first impulse was to go a website linked from the article( site to see if I was on the list and plug in my UDID on a form. But then I caught myself and thought, "Well, SOMEBODY would be 100% guaranteed to have my UDID if I did this, now wouldn't they? I'm not that stupid." Maybe it's legit, maybe it isn't. I'm not taking the chance.

Then I thought, why didn't the hackers simply post the entire list unencrypted if it's that easy to crack? Instead, you download the encrypted file, and then they lead you to go and download/install some open-source software for decrypting it. I don't have time right now it research further and I don't know enough about which open-source software is safe/legit. Seemed kinda suspicious to me. I don't know if this open-source software they want you to use isn't the real danger in disguise or not. Just saying. My personal motto on things like this: If I am not well-informed about something, I err on suspicion until I am.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 14, 2006
First I find out Bruce Willis isn't really suing Apple, and hackers didn't really hack the FBI.

What a drag.


macrumors 68020
Apr 17, 2010
This story has been out a whole day and no one has spun it into an election season "issue"

I'm proud of you guys.
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