The hacker group AntiSec has released 1 million Apple unique device identifiers, or UDIDs. It says it has 11 million more, and correlating personal information, ripped from an FBI computer. In most instances it’s pretty harmless for someone to have your UDID. The concern is the information that can come with a UDID – many apps use UDIDs as identification and other personal data may be attached. The FBI is vehemently denying that they were hacked and there’s no proof right now that data came from the FBI. But if it was hacked, it’s unclear why the FBI would have such a large database of UDIDs and if they did have them, why weren’t they better protected? It’s all a little bit disconcerting, but you can breathe easy for now — no harmful information has been leaked yet. If you want to be extra careful, numerous websites have been set up to check if your UDID number was part of the leak.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 5, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).