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September 11, 2012

Florida Company, Not FBI, Hacked

The identification codes for one million Apple iPhones and iPads were stolen from a Florida company, not an FBI agent’s laptop as originally claimed by hackers.

BlueToad Inc. apologized Monday for the confusion.

“We want to apologize, announce what happened and set the record straight,” Paul DeHart, chief executive officer of the software company told Reuters.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told Reuters “it certainly does appear that BlueToad was where the information was actually compromised.”

A hacker, under the umbrella of AntiSec – a 14-month-old joint operation of Anonymous and LulzSec – posted a file to Pastebin Sept. 3 containing links to roughly one million Apple unique device identifiers (UDIDs).

The post alleged the hackers gained access to the Dell laptop of FBI special agent Christopher Stangl in March of this year. Stangl, according to news reports, works at the New York field office and has been instrumental in the FBI’s cybersecurity recruitment efforts.

DeHart said BlueToad knew it had been hacked not long after the links were posted.

“A third party reached out to us who was examining the list that was on the Internet and said, ‘Hey, we see some connections to you guys,'” DeHart told Reuters.

The hackers’ claims of obtaining 12 million device IDs was bogus, he added. In fact, less than 2 million were garnered.

DeHart also told Reuters his company has employed a “national security firm” to carry out a comprehensive security analysis.

BlueToad is one of the world’s largest providers in mobile apps and digital edition solutions.