Daily Cuppa: Apple IDs stolen from FBI, Apple patents remote phone disabling

Daily Cuppa: Apple IDs stolen from FBI, Apple patents remote phone disabling

Summary: India's Department of Telecommunications prevent foreigners from getting SIM cards that last more than three months, and Microsoft's alliance with Intel may be on a decline.

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Hackers linked to Anonymous claim to have stolen more than 12 million Apple iPhone and iPad device identifiers from the FBI, to bring the US federal agency's alleged tracking of Apple customers to light.

The move was apparently initiated by AntiSec, a joint operation between Anonymous and LulzSec. The data was allegedly stolen from the Dell laptop of FBI special agent Christopher Stangl in March. The hackers plan to release a million of the stolen Apple unique device identifiers that have been stripped of personal data.

On to more Apple-related news, a new patent has been granted to the tech giant that could remotely disable mobile phones. While there are legitimate uses for that kind of technology, such as to prevent phones from going off at funerals, there are also concerns that it could be used for nefarious purposes, such preventing journalist or citizens to record acts of violence on their phones by oppressive government regimes.

Speaking of governments, India's Department of Telecommunications has imposed new regulations that ban telcos from providing foreigners with SIM cards that last more than three months. The move is to stem the abuse of these SIM cards.

Since I can remember, Microsoft and Intel have been good friends. But this partnership is on a decline as we enter a "post-PC era" and smartphones and tablets become increasingly popular, according to market intelligence firm IHS iSuppli.

While the PC market remains flat, high-end supercomputer sales have soared in the second quarter of 2011, according to IDC. Systems selling for US$500,000 and up jumped, but high performance computing revenue dipped slightly, the analyst firm said.

In server-centric news, Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Server 2012, and has made it the cornerstone of its 'Cloud OS' strategy. And datacentre provider Equinix is selling off 16 US datacentres for US$75 million, in a bid to focus more on its most profitable facilities.

Topics: Security, Apple, Government, Government Asia, Australia

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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