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MIT.edu Hacked in Honor of Aaron Swartz, Allegedly by LulzSec

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Hackers have defaced the MIT.edu website in response to the death of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was being prosecuted with the cooperation of M.I.T for illegally downloading JSTOR files over the university’s network and uploading them for free use by the public. Mr. Swartz hung himself in his Brooklyn apartment 10 days ago, and a memorial was held for him at Cooper Union in New York on Saturday. Read More

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Hacked Apple Device IDs Actually Came From App Developer, not FBI

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NBC News is reporting the millions of Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) hackers say they snatched from an FBI agent’s laptop actually came from Blue Toad Publishing, a Florida-based app developer. NBC reports that Blue Toad “provides private-label digital edition and app-building services to 6,000 different publishers, and serves 100 million page views each month.”

A researcher named David Schuetz contacted Blue Toad last week with the suggestion the data actually came from them, and the company’s engineers conducted a forensic analysis: Read More

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FBI Calls Bullshit on Antisec’s Hacked Apple IDs Claim

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement regarding Antisec’s claim of having hacked over 12 million unique Apple user IDs from an agent’s laptop: the feds say that’s bullshit.

AllThingsD reports the FBI states that it is “aware of published reports alleging” Agent Christopher Stangl’s laptop was breached “and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed.”

The FBI begs to differ: Read More

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Was Obama’s iPad User ID Among the 1 Million Leaked by Antisec?


Via Cult of Mac, we’ve learned that President Barack Obama’s iPad UDID (special set of characters unique to each Apple product user) may be among the million UDIDs posted online by Antisec on September 3rd. Cult of Mac refers readers to PasteHTML and a database search result there that appears to support the claim. The device in question is an iPad and is named “hobamain.” Read More

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Anonymous-Associated Antisec Hackers Claim Theft of 1 Million Apple Device IDs From FBI Agent’s Computer

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Hackers post their ideas of epic lulz on Pastebin all the time but it appears a late drop on Monday night by AntiSec, an Anonymous-affiliated group of hackers, could be pretty impressive if the claims prove true.

After the usual giddy preamble, Antisec explains in their Pastebin post how they snagged 12 million FBI-related Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs)–though at the moment they claim they’ve only posted 1 million: Read More


Booting Up: Grifters Be Grifting Edition

(Photo: Shirley Hornstein via TechCrunch)

“It feels as if the technology innovation wars are no longer over one piece of technology or another, but over us humans.” [CNN]

Exposing a Valley grifter and her horrible Photoshop skills. [Techcrunch]

Zynga’s chief creative officer is leaving the company to launch his own startup. Oh pretty please can it be another Facebook game company? We need one of those. [AllThingsD]

Another Lulzsec hacker has been arrested, and we assume cops did not do so for the lulz. [BBC]

Google ruined the simple design of its homepage with a tacky ad for the Nexus 7. [New York Times]

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As Masked Avengers Go, Anonymous Is No Zorro

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Anonymous is the bane of corporate IT departments, and it’s no wonder why: Running afoul of the hacktivists is likely to be embarrassing at least, expensive at worst. But as it turns out, it’s not exactly an unmitigated pleasure when gleeful techno-anarchists take up your cause, either.

The latest New Yorker tells the tale of one George Hotz, AKA geohot, the first person to jailbreak the iPhone and PS3. He ran afoul of Sony for the latter and found himself facing a lawsuit. That’s when Anonymous stepped in, opening an #OpSony IRC room and spitballing ideas like shitting upon the CEO’s stoop. Read More