In case you missed it, a hacker group called AntiSec announced Tuesday it had grabbed the identifying numbers of 12 million iPhones and iPads — and to prove it, released a million of those IDs to the public.
Now it seems the hackers may have nabbed the most high-profile prize of all — the unique string of code used to identify President Obama’s iPad. (Call it the First Tablet.)
The suspected Obama ID, first spotted by the blog RazorianFly, has not been confirmed by the White House. But it would make sense, since the hack allegedly came from a government laptop — specifically that of FBI Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl, a supervisor in the FBI’s Regional Cyber Action Team.
The ID in question, listed with the President’s name on the anonymous data-dump website Paste HTML, is for an iOS device called “hobamain.” That certainly sounds like a plausible name — “Obama” mashed up with “main,” and beginning with the President’s middle initial.
Obama is a big Apple fan, regularly pictured with his Macbook laptop — which he used last week to do a Q&A on Reddit — and he received an early model of the original iPad from Steve Jobs in 2010.
Why a local FBI agent would have the President’s iPad UDID — let alone that of 12 million other Apple users — isn’t yet known. But it likely has something to do with the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a nonprofit that allows large companies and government agencies to share cybersecurity information, and collaborates closely with the local FBI office.
Image courtesy of the White House, Pete Souza