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Hackers Access 12 Million UDIDs

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 4, 2012

Hackers have accessed approximately 12 million unique device identifiers (UDIDs) from a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file and have published more than one million of them, ZDNet reports. The hackers allegedly accessed the laptop of an FBI agent by exploiting a vulnerability and accessed 12,367,232 UDIDs, some of which may have included user names, device types, zip codes, cellphone numbers and addresses, the report states. The hackers have questioned why the FBI has so much user data and said it was “the right moment” to release it, adding, the “hardware-coded IDs-for-devices concept should be eradicated from any device on the market in the future.” The group said it removed some of the identifiable information from the published list.
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