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The downfall of hacker collective Antisec

Hacker chronicler Quinn Norton spent months in 2011 and 2012 talking to members of the hacktivist collective Antisec, the division of Anonymous responsible for the leaked corporate emails that earned Jeremy Hammond a 10-year prison sentence. Norton says she didn’t take notes and was careful not to broach anyone’s identity, but she details a retrospective of the group from memory in a piece titled “How Antisec died.” The boldest claim? The nine-month FBI sting only nabbed two hackers from the group, Hammond and Hector Monsegur, also known as Sabu. But the agency walked away with access to more than 50 backdoors the hackers had collected to governments and corporations around the world. Furthermore, the agency’s head of cybercrime quit…

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FBI: there is ‘no evidence’ that AntiSec stole Apple device IDs from an agency laptop

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Earlier today, hacker collective AntiSec released a file with over one million iOS unique device identifiers (UDID). Furthermore, the group claimed it harvested a total of some 12 million UDIDs from an FBI laptop, raising questions as to why the FBI had that data in the first place — but now the FBI is teling its side of the story. In a statement to All Things D the FBI says, “at this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

The FBI also noted that there was no reason to believe that the agency “either sought or retained this data — it sounds like the agency is trying to sooth fears that the government was keeping tabs on these users. Along with the…

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