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Apple ID's stolen by Anonymous, posted online

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More than 1 million Apple Ids have been compromised by a prominent computer hacking group after they were stolen from an FBI database.

Photo: Associated Press

The hackers, who claim to be part of the infamous AntiSec hacking collective, said they had obtained and released more than a million unique device identifier numbers, more commonly known as UDIDs. At the center of this alleged hacking are more than 12 million UDIDs, which identify every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch produced by the company.

Personal data, such as full names, cell phone numbers, addresses and ZIP codes were stripped from the data, but the hackers say they do have them. The hackers reportedly left enough data to let users see if their data had been snatched.

Tom Bridge, a partner in Washington-based Technolutionary LLC, says the biggest potential danger from the breach could be identity theft.

"You cannot reset your UDID, so that is one of the most concerning elements oft his hack," Bridge said. "The only way out is to buy a new device."

Questions are still abound concerning why the FBI had this sensitive data in the first place. Apple has not commented on the breach, but in a statement, the FBI says that is aware of the published reports. They also say that "there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."

There's even more concern that only about one-twelfth of what the hackers say they have has been posted online.

The editors of The Next Web have provided a search tool to check to see if your UDID is one that has been released.

FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer released the following statement:

The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

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