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Wednesday, September 05, 2012, 10:01 am PT (01:01 pm ET)

Apple issues statement saying it didn't give UDIDs to FBI

After a hacking group claimed it had obtained millions of unique identifiers for Apple devices from an FBI laptop, Apple itself has issued a statement saying it did not provide any UDIDs to the FBI.

"The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization," spokesperson Natalie Kerris said to All Things D. "Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID."

The statement came after the hacking group AntiSec posted the unique device identifiers of 1 million iPhones and iPads this week. AntiSec claimed the unique 40-character UDIDs were stolen from an FBI laptop, and that it had a total of nearly 12.4 million UDIDs

But the FBI issued its own statement refuting those claims, stating AntiSec's allegations were false. The bureau also distanced itself from the gathering of private information such as UDIDs, saying there is no evidence tying the agency to the purported UDID leak.

"The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed," the statement read. "At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data."