Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 5, 2012

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The hacker group AntiSec has released 1 million Apple unique device identifiers, or UDIDs. It says it has 11 million more, and correlating personal information, ripped from an FBI computer.  In most instances it’s pretty harmless for someone to have your UDID. The concern is the information that can come with a UDID – many apps use UDIDs as identification and other personal data may be attached. The FBI is vehemently denying that they were hacked and there’s no proof right now that data came from the FBI. But if it was hacked, it’s unclear why the FBI would have such a large database of UDIDs and if they did have them, why weren’t they better protected? It’s all a little bit disconcerting, but you can breathe easy for now — no harmful information has been leaked yet. If you want to be extra careful, numerous websites have been set up to check if your UDID number was part of the leak.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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