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September 05, 2012

Was the President's Tablet Compromised?

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

Last Tuesday, a team of hactivists, called Antisec, boasted that among the 12 million devices they hacked into was none other than President Barack Obama’s iPad. The FBI adamantly maintained that this report is false, which in turn sparked a tweet from a speculated member of the hactivist group that seems to challenge the bureau’s claim. The evidence that supports the notion that the iPad does indeed belong to the President is compelling. Let’s take a look.

Chris Taylor of Mashable may have been among the first reporters with the scoop. (Incidentally, he should be credited for being the first to reference the “First Tablet.”) According to Taylor’s report, there are two key factors that suggest that the iPad-in-question belongs to the President. 

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First of all, all of the UDID’s that were exposed were allegedly taken from Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl’s stolen laptop. Why would an FBI agent have this information? One theory is that the data could have been leaked by the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), an organization that allows non-government and government agencies to share cybersecurity data. NCFTA apparently works closely with the bureau.

This theory is supported by Beta Beat, who points out that Antisec’s purpose behind the hack attack is to expose the hypocrisy of a “top American law enforcement agency.” Perhaps the hactivists are protesting state legislature regarding surveillance.

The other key piece of evidence that the UDID belongs to the President is the ID, which is called “hobamain.”

Despite the evidence, the FBI has denied that this situation ever happened. According to the FBI, “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 Twitter account, @AnonymousIRC, responded to the FBI with this tweet, “Also, before you deny too much: Remember we're sitting on 3TB additional data. We have not even started.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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