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Apple Denies Giving FBI Any Device IDs

John Paczkowski:

“The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. 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,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.

So it’s looking less and less like the total clusterfuck I thought at first. But still: where’d they come from?

(I’ve looked at the file with the UDIDs and device names, and it doesn’t seem to contain any of my devices. There are two listings for “John Gruber’s iPad”, but neither of those are mine. Of course, that doesn’t mean the original file doesn’t contain my devices — the AntiSec hacker group that released this file claimed it represented only 10 percent of the original.)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012