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.”