The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has responded to allegations by the hacker collective AntiSec that they have collected data from mobile users on a large scale. There is also no evidence that an FBI laptop has been cracked. The federal police also denied having "sought or received" this data. In the Twitter short message service, the FBI's press office described the allegations as "completely wrong."
Antisec released an extract from a large file on Tuesday at Pastebin, which is said to be more than twelve million serial numbers of devices with the Apple iOS operating system - ie iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The data sets also include the device names (for example, "Max Mustermann's iPhone") and the device types (for example, "iPad").
The file named "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" was taken from the laptop of an FBI employee working in the Regional Cyber Action Team in New York. NCFTA is the abbreviation for the US nonprofit organization National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, which includes the FBI, several university computer security organizations (CERTs) and industry partners. The authenticity of the data could not be confirmed by neutral side.
Statement soon on what we hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE- FBI PressOffice (@FBIPressOffice) September 4, 2012
The FBI press office said it "overheard" reports that an FBI laptop had been "compromised" and confidential data published with the Apple serial numbers. "At this point, there is no evidence that an FBI laptop has been compromised." On Twitter, the FBI continued to deny having ever owned the file. (Dpa / tc)