What could go wrong?

One of the minor problems with being forced into a centralized data system is that you have to assume that the centralizer is as careful with your data as you are. Which, of course, is seldom the case:

Apple faced a major embarrassment on the eve of the launch of its new iPhone when hackers published a trove of sensitive information about 1m Apple devices online. The hacker group AntiSec, an offshoot of the Anonymous and Lulzsec collectives which last year targeted Sony, News International and others in a high-profile wave of attacks, said it had obtained the database of Apple device-identifiers from an FBI agent’s laptop.

The hackers claim this is just a sample from 12m records, which they say include the full names, street addresses and mobile phone numbers of owners of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Several security researchers verified the published data are genuine, but said they present little risk to the people involved as long as the other details are not released.

Antisec should go ahead and release the whole kit and kaboodle. Perhaps the fanbois will finally learn a salient lesson concerning the wisdom of trusting Apple, Facebook, Google, or any other company attempting to utilize the walled garden model.

If you’re an Apple user who wants to find out if your device was compromised, The Next Web has created an online tool that lets you do so if you know your UDID.