Release 1 million iOS device IDs out of 12 million reportedly taken from an agent's laptop
UPDATE: According to NBC News, a small Florida-based app publisher called Blue Toad has told authorities that the million IDs released by Anonymous matched — with 98% accuracy — the ID numbers in its servers. That would seem to contradict the claim that the data were stolen from an FBI agents laptop. See here.
FORTUNE — Toward the end of a bizarre rant that begins with a quote from Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and ends with an off-color suggestion — in German — for the Republican candidate for President (“Romney aber, sag’s ihm, er kann mich im Arsche lecken!”) the anonymous AntiSec hacking group gets to the point:
The statement says the data were released Tuesday — with some identifying information removed — to alert the public that, in its words,
Note that the hackers don’t say they have obtained Apple IDs, passwords or credit card numbers.
Still, if the claims are to be believed, users whose addresses, cell phone numbers and iOS device IDs made their way from Apple’s AAPL servers to an FBI agent’s notebook computer deserve an explanation.
Comments in updates below from Apple and the FBI.
The hackers, for their part, say that no further statements or press interviews will be forthcoming until Gawker‘s beat reporter for two rough-and-tumble social media sites, 4chan and Reddit, is pictured on Gawker’s front page dressed in a tutu with a shoe on his head. “No tutu, no sources.”
You can read the AntiSec post in full here. Warning: It contains language unsuitable for polite company.
UPDATE: Gawker’s Reddit/4chan reporter, Adrian Chen, has complied with AltSec’s demand, posting a photo of himself in tutu with a shoe on his head. Meanwhile, the FBI has issued a statement through AllThingsD:
Hmm. “At this time… no evidence….” Perhaps. But back in the Watergate era, that’s what we used to call a nondenial denial.
UPDATE 2: An Apple spokesperson addressed the leaks Wednesday through AllThingsD: