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September 05, 2012

Is the FBI Collecting Apple ID's?

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

The group called Antisec is claiming that the reason they snatched the over-12-million Apple (News - Alert) user ID’s (UDID’s) was to expose the FBI. On the bright side, there finally seems to be a situation where there is a direct link between the hacking act and the cause, thus clarifying some of the ambiguity behind the movement called ‘hactivism.’

Among the list of UDID’s published on a blog is one that Antisec claims is the president’s, under the ID ‘hobomain.’ The FBI, however, continues to deny that there is any merit to the story circulating around linking the data breech to an FBI agent’s stolen Dell (News - Alert)

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A curious detail is the FBI’s laptop brand of choice, Dell. If there is any merit to Antisec’s claim that the bureau is creating a database of Apple UDID’s as a surveillance tactic, then the bureau’s reason for opting for Apple-alternative devices seems obvious.

But the FBI continues to send the public mixed messages about its cybersecurity capabilities. It was only back in February, for example, that the bureau made a public plea to Joe IT Guy to assist the bureau in creating a social media surveillance tool that’s “secure, lightweight, and uses mash up technology.”

 This move by the bureau was puzzling to those who expected a government agency would have the tech tools to innovate something for itself. It also seemed counterintuitive that the FBI would detail its strategy to the public. The theory for these actions that makes the most sense is that America’s IT talent in no longer in Washington D.C. but in Silicon Valley.

But the FBI has not been completely feckless in their efforts to nab hackers. In fact, a member of the group called ‘Anonymous’ the group that is incidentally linked to AntiSec, was busted from his apartment in the projects of the Lower East Side where he was operating in June of last year. The FBI traced him after he neglected to obscure his IP address. However, this ‘hactivist’ was allegedly stealing credit card information and his intentions are unknown.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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