After Apple denied giving UDIDs to FBI and FBI ever having such data, the most recent evidence point out that the sensitive data actually came from Florida.
In the exclusive interview for NBC News a small publishing firm from Florida admitted that the data came from them. Company CEO Paul DeHart said there are “98% correlation” between the data they had and the data Anonymous hacking group released last week. This makes it almost 100% certain that the information about Apple UDIDs came from DeHart’s company servers. However, he didn’t reject the possibility that the data could have somehow got to FBI.
The source of data was discovered by Schuetz, a researcher who works for Intrepidus Group. He examined the data and noticed that many devices include the phrase Blue Toad which eventually led him to the Florida-based company.
Let’s sum up the chain of events that actually led to this:
Last week, on September 3rd Anonymous hacking group AntiSec released a document with a million Apple user IDs claiming to have obtained them from a device owned by an FBI agent. Soon followed the official FBI statement denying that the “laptop device was compromised and that the FBI ever sought or obtained such data.” Apple also sent the statement to AllThingsD claiming they had never given the UDIDs to FBI.
The mystery seems solved but it still remains to be seen why Anonymous had made such a claim. Did they only want to draw attention to themselves only or is there something else behind? The exact details remain to be seen. So far, the only response from hackers came in the form of tweet reminding that there’s still no evidence and recommending us to “stay tuned.”
UPDATE: AntiSec published a press release later that day on Pastebin laughing at FBI’s statement and claiming to have never heard of Blue Toad company.