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Apple denies handing over UDIDs to FBI

updated 01:57 pm EDT, Wed September 5, 2012

Says new APIs in iOS 6 will render UDID system obsolete

Apple has issued its own statement in response to a leaked list of 1 million UDIDs purportedly stolen from an FBI notebook. "The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization," spokeswoman Natalie Kerris tells AllThingsD. "Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID."

The statement follows a pair from the FBI itself, insisting that it never had any such information and that no computer was hacked. The UDIDs in the list nevertheless appear to be authentic, raising the question of where they came from. The group responsible for the leak, AntiSec, has hinted that they might have been extracted through a commonly-installed app.

by MacNN Staff



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