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Massive iPhone, iPad ID breach linked back to Florida company

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(Read caption) An Apple logo is reflected in the screen of an Apple iPad at an electronics store in Mumbai, India. Earlier today, BlueToad, a Florida company, said a database of iPad and iPhone IDs had been breached by hackers.

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Last week, AntiSec, a "hacktivist" group associated with Anonymous, released a trove of Apple Unique Device Identifiers, or UDIDs – digital bar codes for iPhones and iPads, basically. AntiSec said the UDIDs – it said it had 12 million in all – had been nabbed from the computer of an FBI agent. The FBI subsequently maintained that there was "no evidence" of a breach, and Apple said it hadn't coughed up the UDIDs to the FBI in the first place. 

So what was the real source of the leak? A small Florida digital publishing company called BlueToad, apparently. (The BlueToad site has been offline for hours, likely a result of all the press attention, so don't bother.) In interviews and statements today, BlueToad executives said they had found 98 percent correlation between the UDIDs on the AntiSec list and the UDIDs in its own files (hat tip to Ars Technica). 


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