(AP) WASHINGTON - The FBI on Tuesday disputed a computer hacker group's claim that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent's laptop.
FBI officials said the bureau never asked for and never possessed the database that the group, which calls itself AntiSec, is posting on a website.
The group has released a link to a database of more than 1 million unique identification numbers for Apple devices, which could include iPhones and iPads. AntiSec said the data is just a piece of the more than 12 million unique identification numbers and personal information on the device owners that it got from a laptop used by an FBI agent.
The FBI denied that it ever had that information. But officials there said they could not verify the validity of the data that AntiSec released. Federal officials also warned that computer users should be careful when clicking on such links because they sometimes may contain malware that can infect computers.
Hackers associated with the group Anonymous claimed to have obtained 12 million Apple unique device identifiers (UDID) from an FBI computer. A faction of the group that call themselves AntiSec posted instruction on how to access 1 million Apple UDIDs on the public bulletin board Pastebin. The group reported the hack via Twitter, using an Anonymous account.
An Apple UDID is a string of numbers and letters that identifies individual iPhones and iPads. The numbers are used to determine which devices are approved for content, including apps in beta tests.Continue »
Raynaldo Rivera, a 20-year-old Tempe, Ariz. man, has been charged with one count each of "conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer," the Associated Press reports. If convicted, Rivera could get up to 15 years in prison.Continue »
(AP) Two British hackers linked to the notorious Lulz Security group pleaded guilty to a slew of computer crimes Monday, the latest blow against online miscreants whose exploits have grabbed headlines and embarrassed governments around the world.
Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake Davis, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other members of LulzSec to attack government, media, and law enforcement websites last year, according to Gryff Waldron, an official at London's Southwark Crown Court.Continue »
A federal grand jury indicted Ryan Cleary on conspiracy and hacking charges for allegedly hacking sites for the talent competition "The X-Factor," the site for "PBS NewsHour," Sony Pictures and others.Continue »
(CBS News) A new hacking group called The Consortium has hit the scene and their first take down is the porn site Digital Playground.
Patrons of the website should be mindful of the potential for identity theft. According to ZDNET, the hackers stole data from 40,000 accounts, such as credit card numbers, names, card code verification (CCV) and expiration dates. The Consortium also seized the email addresses, usernames and passwords of 72,000 users.Continue »
The documents reveal names of five alleged conspirators charged with crimes including computer hacking, conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and conspiracy to commit access device fraud.Continue »
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(CBS/AP) Infamous hacking group LulzSec has been allegedly turned in by its own leader.
According to Fox News, Hector Xavier Monsegur has been working for the government for months. Monsegur, who goes by the handle "Sabu" has been identified as an unemployed, 28-year-old father of two.Continue »
(CBS) - Hackers related to the group Anonymous made good on a threat that they would release the source code for the Symantec software pcAnywhere.
The files were uploaded to The Pirate Bay Tuesday, leaving anyone without an updated patch of the software vulnerable to hackers taking control of their computers. PcAnywhere is software that enables users to control their computer remotely.
Symantec has confirmed that the code is legitimate and was stolen during a 2006 breach of its network.Continue »
Remember how you felt when the iPad 2 was released in March? How about the frustration you felt when Egypt shut down the Internet to deter protesters? Many of us will never forget the emotions that stirred upon learning of Steve Jobs' death.
It was a passionate and emotional year for technology. We kicked off 2011 witnessing social media used as an essential tool in the organizing and documenting of the Arab Spring.
Hacking group Anonymous has threatened to "kill" Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, citing the social network's disregard for people's privacy. In a statement released Tuesday Anonymous said, "Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause."
(CBS) - Hackers accessed the Missouri Sheriffs' Association website, which is hosted by Brooks-Jeffery Marketing Inc., and published more than 100 social security numbers (SSN) of state law enforcement officers.
Since SSNs have become a national identifier, identity thieves seek the information to commit fraud and gain access to bank and credit accounts, as well as other private records.Continue »
The arrest was the result of a "pre-planned intelligence-led operation," said a statement from Scotland Yard. The young man, whose nickname is "Topiary," isn't the only person of interest. A 17-year-old male in Lincolnshire is also being investigated, although no arrest has been made.
ZDNet reports that "Topiary" is believed to be the owner of the Twitter account @LulzSec, which is the main outlet for the group's announcements. The account's tweets were usually taunting authority figures or dispelling rumors of arrests. As of now, it has been several hours since @LulzSec posted on Twitter.
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