The news that AntiSec hackers had leaked a million Apple UDIDs onto the internet was met first with concern, followed swiftly by suspicion. While the situation devolved into a he-said/FBI-said, Apple itself had remained silent until now.
The confusion settled in after the FBI softly denied that the UDIDs came from one of its laptops, as the hackers had claimed. Apple, speaking with AllThingsD today, backed up the feds:
“The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organisation. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.”
That’s good to know! But it doesn’t get us any closer to understanding where all those UDIDs did come from, or how Apple might help protect people from their exposure now and not just in iOS 6. Fortunately, this leak wasn’t a worst case scenario; next time, we might not be so lucky. [AllThingsD]