More people than ever are using iTunes to purchase music, movies, TV episodes and apps. Since it was opened in 2003, more than 15 billion songs, 1 billion HD TV episodes and 25 billion apps have been sold. Imagine all of that money! But with the more people entering their personal information into programs like iTunes, the more vulnerable you are to identity theft.
In early September, Anonymous released 50 UDID’s (Apple’s Unique Identifier token) that were said to be stolen from an FBI Agent’s laptop. Anonymous said that not only did they obtain these 50 UDID’s, but 12 million others, and threatened to release around 1 million of them to the public.
When the FBI traced the “hack” back, it was more of a security breach in an iOS app maker Blue Toad. Blue Toad stored the data locally and had “outdated software”, which allowed for them to exploit their security measures. Every person that had ever downloaded a Blue Toad app had their UDID stored locally on their servers, which were the servers that got hacked.
So, what can we take away from this situation? Security is everything. People are constantly buying and selling things on the Internet, and it’s important to keep your data safe as well as others taking care of YOUR information. In this case, it was the fault of Blue Toad. Companies that collect personal information MUST keep personal information of customers safe, using any means necessary.
To whom this may concern: if you want to check to see if your UDID was stolen, you can follow a set of steps to check. First, go to http://whatsmyudid.com/ . After that, go into iTunes, copy your UDID and paste it into the database on this website — http://tnw.co/Q0eVYy — to check if it has or not.