Antisec, a joint LulzSec-Anonymous hacking collective, announced today that it had obtained 12 million Apple user IDs from an FBI laptop in March of 2012.
“1,000,001 Apple Devices UDIDs linking to their users and their APNS tokens,” writes Antisec. “The original file contained around 12,000,000 devices. we decided a million would be enough to release. we trimmed out other personal data as, full names, cell numbers, addresses, zipcodes, etc. not all devices have the same amount of personal data linked. some devices contained lot of info.”
In the Pastebin post, uploaded September 3, Antisec begins by making fun of the NSA’s General Keith Alexander, who recently spoke at the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas, attempting to recruit hackers.
In July 2012 NSA’s General Keith Alexander (alias the Bilderberg Biddy) spoke at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, wearing jeans and a cool EFF t-shirt (LOL. Wtf was that?). He was trying to seduce hackers into improving Internet security and colonoscopy systems, and to recruit them, ofc, for his future cyberwars. It was an amusing hypocritical attempt made by the system to flatter hackers into becoming tools for the state, while his so-righteous employer hunts any who doesn’t bow to them like fucking dogs.
We got the message.
We decided we’d help out Internet security by auditing FBI first. We all know by now they make Internet insecure on purpose to help their bottom line. But it’s a shitty job, especially since they decided to hunt us down and jail our friends.
It’s rather sublime that Antisec chose to characterize their hack as an audit of the FBI. As noted before on Death and Taxes, if the federal government won’t come clean as to the extent of its domestic surveillance activities, then it is up to ideological hackers to force transparency, is it not?
“It’s the old double standard that has been around since the 80′s,” writes Antisec. “Govt Agencies are obsessed with witchhunts against hackers worldwide, whilst they also recruit hackers to carry out their own political agendas.”
Oh, but it gets better.
You are forbidden to outsmart the system, to defy it, to work around it. In short, while you may hack for the status quo, you are forbidden to hack the status quo. Just do what you’re told. Don’t worry about dirty geopolitical games, that’s business for the elite. They’re the ones that give dancing orders to our favorite general, Keith, while he happily puts on a ballet tutu. Just dance along, hackers.
Antisec goes on to list a few hackers which they believe were murdered for their ideologically-motivated hacking, before highlighting LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond, who pulled off the Stratfor hack. The Pastebin post is, aside from an announcement of the FBI hack, a very interesting manifesto of sorts, touching on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and how corporations impose upon their customers the proper (hacking prohibited) use of their products.
The best line, however, has to be the following: “[T]his system works only if you keep working to buy new things.”
Look around the mainstream media right now, which is covering the hack, and see how many publications make note of that line, or any of the words or thoughts beyond the mere hacking of the FBI laptop. The conversation will be, no doubt, about how the laptop was hacked and what it means for Apple and its users, rather than the why of the hack and, of course, why the FBI is tracking 12 million Apple devices—which is the important thing here. (See how The Washington Post covered it, for instance.) If they’re tracking 12 million apple devices, how many more non-Apple electronics devices are the FBI and the NSA tracking?
And since there will be little focus as to the reason Antisec decided to hack the FBI, D&T readers can either reference the Pastebin post themselves or read the explanation, excerpted below, which states that it worked far better than simply stating that the FBI is watching.
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 fuck 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 fucking shouted ‘FUCKING 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. Also we think it’s the right moment to release this knowing that Apple is looking for alternatives for those UDID currently and since a while blocked axx to it, but well, in this case it’s too late for those concerned owners on the list. we always thought it was a really bad idea. that hardware coded IDs for devices concept should be erradicated from any device on the market in the future.
Now, is there something odd about the fact that the FBI computer was hacked in New York City, when we know that LulzSec rat Sabu (who helped create Antisec) has been working with the Feds for over a year now? It’s a strange coincidence, to be sure. But it’s difficult to fathom why the FBI would (via Sabu) urge Antisec to hack its system so that we all learned the Feds had access to at least 12 million Apple users’ account information.
Cui bono? Such a tactic would do neither the FBI nor government any favors, but it would, like a trap, help put some hackers in jail—which is the only thing the federal government is interested in doing lately since they refuse to prosecute the Wall Street criminals.