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Publishing company says its servers were hacked, not the FBI’s


A small Florida publishing company says the million-record database of Apple gadget identifiers released last week by the hacker group AntiSec was stolen from its servers two weeks ago, reports “NBC News” (

The admission, delivered by the company’s CEO exclusively to NBC News, contradicts AntiSec’s claim that the hacker group stole the data from an FBI agent’s laptop in March. The hacking group claimed ( it had obtained over 12 million of unique identifiers for Apple devices from an FBI laptop. The FBI denied this, and Apple issued a statement saying it did not provide any UDIDs to the FBI.

Natalie Kerris told “AllThingsD” ( that “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.”

“As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this,” BlueToad CEO Paul DeHart told “NBC News.”

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