App Publisher Claims Leaked iPhone IDs Came From Its Database, Not FBI

As you probably recall, hackers recently claimed to have swiped unique tracking information for iPhone and iPads via a laptop belonging to an FBI agent, leading many to wonder why the lawmen would have this information in the first place. The FBI quickly denied any ties to the information, and now a publishing company in Florida is saying that the hacked list actually belongs to it and not the feds.

The CEO of the Blue Toad publishing company tells NBC News that, like many other interested parties, his company downloaded the partial leak posted last week. When techs compared the hacked info with its own database, they claim to have found a 98% correlation rate.

“That’s 100 percent confidence level, it’s our data,” says the CEO. “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.”

While the hackers who posted the list claimed to have taken it from the FBI in March, the Blue Toad CEO says his data was stolen in just the past two weeks.

He has not ruled out the possibility that his dataset could somehow have ended up in the FBI’s hands and then been taken by the hackers, but then either the time frame presented during the hack is incorrect — or the publisher’s data was stolen earlier than he thinks it was.

As for why Blue Toad, which provides private-label digital edition and app-building services to 6,000 different publishers, would have the list, an Apple rep tells NBC that developers “have access to a user’s device information such as UDID, device name and type… Developers do not have access to users’ account information, passwords or credit card information, unless a user specifically elects to provide that information to the developer.”

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  1. GitEmSteveDaveHatesChange says:

    One of my theories from the beginning was that the data was on a FBI investigators laptop as part of an investigation of a data breach or as part of evidence in another case, and LulzAnon spun it to make it appear that the FBI was “collecting” it for evil purposes.

  2. Feral Ginger says:

    You can’t fool me, Mr. Blue Toad. HOW MUCH IS THE FBI PAYING YOU?!

    • trswyo says:

      The conspiracy theory in me agrees with you…. However the cognitive me agrees it was part of a data breach investigation. Both agree the data was taken from an FBI laptop.

  3. Sarek says:

    Oh good, it’s not the FBI, it’s a private company that has my personal information. I will sleep much better tonight. :~(

    • sorta savvy consumer says:

      This information is provided by the devices (I am sure Android has similar codes) so that companies can tie your device to the data they have stored on their servers. It is mostly a case of someone trying to make something out of nothing.

      Hackers have agendas too.

  4. NotEd says:

    Well it looks like Mr Toad had a…

    [takes off sunglasses ]

    ..Wild ride.