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AntiSec Hacked Someone, But It Wasn’t the FBI

It seems AntiSec have been greatly exaggerating the origins of the million UDIDs they published last week. The hacktivist group that works with the Anonymous movement made one million UDIDs from Apple devices public online last week and claimed they had been taken from the laptop of FBI agent Christoper Stangl. The FBI denied that they had ever been in possession of such information, while Apple denied any kind of involvement at all. This raised all kinds of questions. Who was lying? Why would the FBI have this data and where would they get it from? Did they steal it? Did Apple provide them with it? Just where did it all come from?

Well the origin of the UDIDs has now been revealed and the truth, if it is indeed that, is a bit of an anti-climax. App developer Blue Toad have stood up and declared themselves the actual victims of AntiSec’s shenanigans. While it is true enough that they stole the information, it in fact matches a database Blue Toad have of their customers.

Blue Toad is a digital publishing company based in Florida that converts magazines and other publications into digital editions for customers to download. However the majority of consumers who use their software are probably unaware of them, as they are a third-party who support other companies, and it is from these that customers are downloading their apps from.

The CEO of Blue Toad, Paul DeHart, spoke up and revealed with complete confidence that their database is the source of the leak. After some analysis a security breach was discovered and the information published by AntiSec matched it almost perfectly.

This discovery was made by security consultant called David Scheutz, who contacted the company when his investigation pointed him towards them. Scheutz downloaded the data on hearing the original news story and decided to try and get to the bottom of it. He discovered that some of the UDIDs were duplicates from different devices and when he looked at the most duplicated matches he discovered references to Blue Toad and customer services. This prompted an email to Blue Toad, who were very grateful for his findings.

Blue Toad have decided not to notify the owners of the UDIDs and leave it in the hands of their customers, the identity of which they would rather not disclose. It is up to these companies whether they inform users or not, which leaves them unaware as to whether they are affected or not, unless they check the list themselves that is.

This is still a very curious incident. If what they say is true then Blue Toad’s claim has cleared the FBI of these accusations and highlighted AntiSec as liars. But it is a strange decision of Blue Toad to come forwards and admit to a breach like this. The issue of security remains and the motives of AntiSec remain unclear. If they are spreading rumours for no reason then it could have serious repercussions for all involved and it makes their actions a lot more worrying.

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