In order to raise the question of why an FBI operative would have millions of individuals’ identifying online information, a contingent of Anonymous has released a massive Apple data leak.
In a message posted along with the data leak, an unidentified Anonymous member writes:
why exposing this personal data?
well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the f*ck knows what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care. FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too.
So without even being sure if the current choice will guarantee that people will pay attention to this f*cking shouted ‘F*CKING FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT’ well at least it seems our best bet, and even in this case we will probably see their damage control teams going hard lobbying media with bullshits to discredit this, but well, whatever, at least we tried and eventually, looking at the massive number of devices concerned, someone should care about it.
Apple unique device identification numbers (UDIDs) establish a single device’s identity in the Apple network, so that the company can track purchases and information on iTunes. According to the Anonymous hackers, 12.4 million UDIDs were found on an FBI agent’s Dell notebook. Each UDID was associated with user names, device info, phone numbers, names and addresses. The FBI has not disclosed why it would have such information on hand. So far, the hacktivists have leaked 1,000,001 of those UDIDs to bring light to the government’s data-collecting effort.