Where Anonymous Really Got Its Apple IDs From (Hint: Not the FBI)

By Kyle Wagner on at

According to an exclusive report from NBC News, last week's Anonymous hack, which at the time was reported to have affected 1 million Apple UDIDs obtained from the FBI, was not actually a hack on the FBI at all.

Instead, NBC claims that Paul DeHart, CEO of the Blue Toad publishing company, told it that Blue Toad's technicians found a 98 percent correlation between the AntiSec data released and its own data. It said that that represented a "100 percent confidence level" that it was Blue Toad's data released by Anon.

Anonymous, or at least the group using the name for this particular operation, had claimed that the 1 million UDIDs were part of a cache of 12 million pulled from an FBI agent's laptop. The FBI, however, did not acknowledge any evidence that a compromise had occurred:

"The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."

Looks like they were right on this one. [NBC via Techmeme]