AppleLeaks: Is The FBI Spying On You With A Little Help From Apple?



A group called AntiSec, linked to international hacker movement Anonymous, claims that it has broken into an FBI computer to obtain the User IDs of 12 million Apple iPad and iPhone owners, which include private user data.

Apple has declared that it has nothing to do with any collection of data by the FBI, while the U.S. federal investigators insist they never had the data in question in the first place. But even as the source of the data leak remains a mystery, at least one million and possibly up to 12 million Apple users have had their private information compromised. An expert, or a government, could use this information to monitor millions of users at a time.

The American people have a right to know how + why the @fbi got 12 million Apple devices users' private info. blogs.computerworld.com/cybercrime-and…

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) September 4, 2012

This latest online privacy breach began on September 4 when AntiSec published a slightly cleaned-up sample of the huge file, which is preceded by a "long and chaotic manifesto," according French daily Le Monde. Personal names were eliminated (in hacker culture it is unethical to publish names of the innocent), but the names given to computers by their users were published. According to Le Monde, thousands of these apparently belong to Apple customers in France.

According to the manifesto, the hack was aimed at the FBI's New York cyber-security chief Christopher Stangl, in revenge for his recruiting for the FBI at a major hacker conference in Las Vegas. There is bad blood between Anonymous and the FBI since the collaboration of Hector Monsegur, known in hacker circles as Sabu, with the FBI against his former hacker friends at Anonymous, starting in June 2011. This resulted in the March arrests of five top Anonymous hackers.

AntiSec claims that a few days later, it penetrated Stangl's laptop remotely, found a huge file labeled iOS intel, signed NCFTA National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, and stole it. When extracted, according to AntiSec, this file contained the 12 million user IDs.

Within a few hours of AntiSec's announcement, webmagazine TheNextWeb had put up a search engine allowing Apple customers to search by their own user ID to see if it was listed. On Twitter, AntiSec encouraged those who had been hacked to find which Apple applications were feeding the data to the FBI, via crowdsourcing.

#Apple denies being in cahoots with #FBI after #Anonymous steals 12M UDIDs | pulse.me/s/cZG6B | #YAN

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 6, 2012

The FBI, without denying outright AntiSec's accusations, issued a statement that “there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

Apple hastened to offer its own statement 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 user interfaces meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.”

The AntiSec file has been downloaded thousands of times by journalists, bloggers and the curious. For many people, the FBI is the ideal culprit. Meanwhile, AntiSec has already announced that it will be publishing more extracts in the near future.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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