After the FBI denied that the hacker group AntiSec got yesterday's published Apple UDID data from them, Apple is also saying that they never gave any information up to the bureau, making an FBI hack look less likely. "The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization," Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD's John Paczkowski. So far, we know that the UUIDs are legitimate, but where they come from is still unknown. AntiSec has claimed they hacked the FBI. Now both the FBI and Apple give us reason to believe otherwise.
Still, the FBI statement was worded cautiously: "At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data," it said. Apple has exonerated itself, but just because it didn't fork the info over to the bureau as a part of an investigation, doesn't mean the FBI couldn't have gotten those UUIDs from somewhere else. As we explained yesterday, the FBI could have gotten access to it from someone other than Apple since many iOS apps also keep track of users' UUIDs. But, without further proof from AntiSec, which still hasn't talked, so far it looks like the hackers got the information elsewhere and that the government isn't "USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT," as AnitSec put it in their original post.
Though, we might get word from AntiSec soon, since Gawker's Adrian Chen has obliged their demands putting a photo of himself in a tutu with a show on his head on the homepage of Gawker. If it stays up until 6:25 p.m. tonight, AntiSec claims it will give interviews. Until then, however, we just have these two statements to go off of, which say this data came from neither Apple nor the FBI.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.