Yesterday, we had reported that a breech of an FBI database resulted in the hacker group AntiSec gaining access to millions of Apple UUID’s, of which one million were made public as a means to prove that they did indeed have this information. Putting aside all of the questions about how the group managed to acquire the database, one of the questions that did rise up was just why did the FBI have them and what were they doing with them?
Could it have been that Apple provided this information to the FBI or was the FBI able to secure this information through their own means. A day later and Apple has gone on the record to say assuming the FBI does have all of these UUID’s in their possession, they certainly did not obtain them from Apple. In fact, the Cupertino company also confirmed that they have never received a request from the FBI for this information. They further stated that with iOS 6, things will change as new APIs will eliminate the use of UUIDs and as such, their use altogether will be banned.
The FBI also went public to state that the notion of AntiSec stealing UUIDs from them is completely false and that they did not seek nor obtain this information either.