Privacy? What privacy?

So it appears (the FBI hasn’t confirmed it yet) that the supervisor of their Cyber Action Team has had his laptop hacked, and twelve million Apple users IDs with accompanying information of people they were allegedly tracking has been leaked.

Gizmodo points out that the “NCFTA_iOS_Devices” reference in the filename of the leaked UDIDs could stand for the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, which “functions as a conduit between private industry and law enforcement.” Which may mean that Apple was very much complicit in supplying these UDIDs to the FBI.

What you can do:

If you’re worried that you might own one of the 1 million Apple devices that have had their UDIDs leaked by AntiSec, reportedly from a breach of an FBI agent’s laptop, our rockstar tech team has put together a tool to help you check.

AntiSec claimed on Tuesday that it had culled 12 million device IDs, along with accompanying personal information, from the FBI in March of this year. The hacker group then leaked 1 million of them, saying it had removed some of the identifiable information from the list, while leaving enough for users to see if their device was leaked.

[…] Since UDIDs are unique to each iPhone and iPad, having yours end up in the wrong hands is a concern. The bigger issue, however, is that they were tied to additional personal information, including user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses, that could potentially lead to identity theft.

Philly unions march

Against Republicans in general, and Mayor Nutter in particular:

THE RAIN came down hard and steady at times during the city’s 25th annual Labor Day parade Monday, but the downpours did nothing to dampen the fire and indignation felt by many marchers toward the Republican Party and their newest bogeyman – Mayor Nutter.


“Nutter the Dictator,” and “Nutter Doesn’t Negotiate He Dictates,” read signs that dozens of soggy union members carried while trooping down Columbus Boulevard toward a picnic at Penn’s Landing.


An estimated 5,000 union faithful and their families participated, representing about 50 unions, said Liz McElroy, the newly elected secretary-treasurer of Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO.


“I was really impressed by the number of people who came out in the rain,” she said, noting that city firefighters and sanitation workers are among the many union members who regularly work in inclement weather.


But this Labor Day, just two months before the presidential election, many of those city employees lumped Nutter in with national Republicans as an enemy of the labor movement and the middle class.

Nutter will be one of the speakers at the DNC this week.

This was always Nutter’s style (when he announced he was running for mayor, not one City Council member showed up at his press conference). He’s famous for not playing well with others and got the idea that politics shouldn’t involve actual politics — i.e. working out a compromise.

I remember him as the only one of five Democrats who said poverty and its effects would be a priority if he became mayor.

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