Anonymous’ AntiSec branch is back with a vengeance. The group leaked a million Apple device IDs on Monday. They claim to have an additional 11 million IDs just waiting to be leaked. One of the leaked IDs even belonged to President Obama’s iPad. The most interesting part of the story, however, is how they obtained the IDs. Anonymous says that they obtained the IDs from an FBI agent’s laptop, but the FBI has refuted this claim.
The FBI published a short statement on Tuesday afternoon that denied all of AntiSec’s allegations. Here’s their statement in full:
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 FBI took a more direct approach on Twitter. They even typed part of the statement in all caps – the equivalent of screaming on the Internet.
Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE
Anonymous has responded with their own allegations that the FBI is lying, while poking fun at their use of all caps.
Apropos FBI and truth. Remember “The F.B.I. said that it immediately notified Stratfor, but said that at that point it was too late.”? Lie.
At the time, the FBI or Anonymous have no proof in regards to their statements. We can only take both of them at face value. The FBI won’t admit to having any of the data in question, especially if it was taken by Anonymous. Likewise, Anonymous has a score to settle with the FBI and will do anything to discredit them in a public forum.
We’ll continue to watch this story as it develops. The ball’s back in Anonymous’ court and there’s no telling what they’ll do next.