Why It Matters That Apple Device IDs Were Leaked – Accounts for mobile apps and social accounts could be at risk

People have social security numbers but iPhones have UDIDs – unique numbers assigned by Apple and used by mobile app companies to secure personal information and user accounts. That means you don’t want your UDID to fall into the wrong hands, or it to be part of the 1,000,001 published online last night by activist hackers saying they are part of a 12 million strong collection stolen from the FBI. The UDIDs released appear to be real, with many iPhone users tweeting today that their devices numbers were on the list.The leak is potentially serious. An iPhone user is very unlikely to ever see their UDID, but research has shown that most apps collect an iPhone’s UDID and transmit it back to their developer and some app developers use it to control which device can access account information. Security consultant Aldo Cortesi showed last year that the way some gaming apps used UDIDs for authentication made it possible to take over a person’s Facebook or Twitter account. In a post responding to the news of the leaked list he wrote:To continue reading this MIT Technology Review report, go to:
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