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App Developer Says Stolen UDIDs Came from Them, Not FBI

pdabbadabba (720526) writes | more than 2 years ago

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pdabbadabba (720526) writes "A Florida iPhone and iPad app developer, Blue Toad, has come forward claiming that it is the source of the Apple UDIDs previously released by Anonymous. Their dataset, they say, is a 98% match for the one Anonymous hackers claim to have stolen from an FBI laptop. If so, this development would cast serious doubt on Anonymous' claims and, possibly, calm fears that this data is evidence of an ongoing FBI surveillance operation (a claim the FBI has also denied)."
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Wait a second (1)

aez (2725227) | more than 2 years ago | (#41289823)

First, there's no evidence that the dataset is actually the same. The only proof is just claims.

Second, there's no real proof that this data is not from the FBI. I doubt that it was sitting in a laptop somewhere, but I think it's silly to think that the FBI doesn't have data regarding mobile device surveillance.

Third, Blue Toad is JUST NOW coming forward with this. Think about that, if you had access to something so delicate for so many people, and you found out that a mistake you made led to a large amount of people having access to the same data that you did, what would you do? You would probably let people know, and find out if there was a way for people to protect themselves.

Fourth, the thing that people STILL don't realize about Anonymous hacking incidents, is that it's very rare for Anonymous to have actually done the deed. I could force my way into a company's server infrastructure, grab a bunch of files, and pastebin some passwords with Anonymous propaganda, and once someone sees the word Anonymous, the suspicion disappears. People already hate Anonymous, so they get blamed for a lot of shit that they just plain didn't do.

That's my take on this anyways.

Re:Wait a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41290097)

Huh. I guess it's true, then: It takes little to no proof at all to convince simple people of a cockamamie conspiracy theory, but impossible levels of proof to UN-convince them of it. Bonus points in each direction if the simple people already have a knee-jerk hatred of the target.

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