A couple of days ago, it was reported that hacker group AntiSec claimed to have obtained millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs) from an FBI laptop. The group posted download links to an 89 megabyte file to PasteBin, which consisted the list of UDIDs. Today, AllThingsD reports that Apple has responded by saying that the company did not provide the FBI with the information.
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 spokesperson Natalie Kerris told AllThingsD.
However, where the data exactly came from still remains unknown. Apple has been working to get rid of the use of UDIDs. The company has created tools to allow developers track usage of their apps on a per-device basis.