If there was any ever doubt that Apple shared unique device identifiers (UDID) with the FBI, you can now put it to rest. Apple has released a statement to the press about the situation. Long story short, and just as we expected, Apple didn’t give the FBI any UDIDs or associated information.
In a statement given to AllThingsD‘s Natalie Kerris, Apple stated:
[quote]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.[/quote]
As stated, Apple will soon be releasing iOS 6, and speculation has the operating system being released to the public next Wednesday at their press event. While it’s true that UDIDs are on their way out with new APIs in iOS 6, the main question still remains: if neither the FBI nor Apple are the source of the UDID leak, how did AntiSec get their hands on all those UDIDs? AntiSec published all 12 million IDs, without other identification indicators like names, online just days ago.
How’d they get there, and where did they come from? At this point, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever know.