Apple IDs were stolen from Blue Toad servers, says CEO Paul DeHart

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 5:42:02 by

Hacking group AntiSec, earlier this month, claimed that it has stolen some 12 Million Apple ID from an FBI agent’s laptop computer. It published the file with all the IDs and platform it uses on the internet on September 4.

However, a recent development has made AntiSec’s doubtful. A privately held Florida-based company Blue Toad claims that the IDs were stolen from its servers. The CEO of the company, Paul DeHart told the press that the warning first came in last week and after confirmation, related law enforcement agencies were informed of the breech.

“As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this,” DeHart said.

DeHart received a warning from a researcher David Schuetz that the hack might have its roots in their database. After the company’s analysts combed through the data and reports, they came to the same conclusion.

AnitSec, a hacking group affliated with the international hacking community Anonymous, said on September 4 that it had stolen the UDIDs from an FBI agent in March this year. The group implied that government agencies are snooping around and tracking customer activities, in this case Apple users. It also hinted that Apple might have purposely provided the bureau with all the identification numbers.

UDID, or Unique Device Indentifier, are serial numbers given to every Apple mobile device like iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and allegedly can be used to track the user’s activities. However, there is no confirmation on the fact that the numbers can be used to undertake such surveilling activities.

If the aforementioned claim from Blue Toad holds water than AntiSec’s, and Anonymous thereafter, credibility is in serious doubts.

Blue Toad is a digital publishing and app-building services provider, for iOS devices mostly. iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system used in its mobile devices.

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