A hacker group known as AntiSec claims it stole the identification numbers for 12 million Apple devices and has posted information on a million of them on a website.
AntiSec, which is short for anti-security, alleges it gained access to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs after hacking into the computer of an FBI agent. It did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to.
AntiSec said it chose to release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people’s attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people’s Apple device details.
“Well we have learnt (sic) it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device detail,’ ” the group said in a note posted online.
The group claims that some of the devices on the list also contain names, telephone numbers, addresses and ZIP codes. But AntiSec said it chose to reveal only user IDs, device types and device names in the portion of the list it released.
It wasn’t immediately clear what damage could be done with a device’s ID or how users can protect themselves if their information was stolen or released.
Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.