Hackers Leak 1,000,001 Apple Device IDs

Uh-oh! It may indeed be the ultimate security debacle. A hacker group seeking to reveal an alleged FBI breach that it claims would have allowed the Federal agency to spy on citizens, leaked 1,000,001 IDs belonging to Apple users. It’s an allegation the FBI denies. But for businesses increasingly worried about privacy and the security of their customers’ information, it’s just one more headache. Here’s another look.

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Worst of all. As bad as it is, it could have been much worse. Hacker activist group AntiSec insists they obtained the data in an effort to expose the FBI’s questionable activities. Though the group trimmed a great deal of personal data from the information released, they say they obtained Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs), user names, names of devices, type of devices, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zip codes, cellphone numbers, addresses, and more. The Next Web

Makes no difference. The FBI denies AntiSec’s claims, saying that the computer the group supposedly accessed had never been hacked into, and that the Federal agency was never in possession of the supposed data in the first place. But to the many customers whose data was leaked, how the information was obtained makes little difference. The problem is, that the information was shared without consent.  All Things Digital

The real problem. No matter how the latest security breach occurred, the underlying difficulty remains. Security consultant Aldo Cortesi writes passionately on industries that have been warned repeatedly about security and privacy concerns but have failed to fix their problems. Businesses of all sizes must step up and realize the importance of privacy and security in our data-driven economy. Corte.Si

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The more the merrier. With privacy concerns growing by the day, the question is how much data businesses large and small should continue collecting on their customers. The answer, says entrepreneur David K. Williams, is as much as they can. Here’s how to apply the information you collect properly and improve the customer’s experience. Forbes

Feast or famine. One entrepreneur soon discovered he hadn’t collected enough information about one of his business associates, yet had given that employee too much access to his company’s technology. The result was sabotage and a lesson on the need to collect more data and improve security for all companies, especially those heavily reliant on tech. SmallBiz Technology

Another kind of security. There is another way you need to look after your business’s security, and that’s in the area of liability protection and business structure. Both of these will help protect your business and add a level of privacy, says Nellie Akalp, a 2012 Top 100 Small Business Influencer, who has made it her role to help many small business owners add security to their companies. Small Biz Diamonds

Where personal info should be shared. Guest poster Jessy Troy argues there is at least one place you should be a bit more free with your personal information–when it comes to your blogging persona. Here are six reasons Troy argues you will want to use your real identity and some personal information when blogging for your business. The Frugal Entrepreneur

Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.