FBI investigating iPad security breach

FOXNews reports the FBI is investigating the data breach at AT&T, which exposed more than 114,000 iPad owners' e-mail addresses. Some of the exposed e-mail addresses included government officials. The FBI stated it is assessing any “potential cyber threat” from the breach.

As previously reported on Neowin, the breach only affected iPad users who signed up for an AT&T iPad data plan. It appears an AT&T web site could be compromised that would in turn reveal an iPad owner’s e-mail address when supplied with a code associated with a particular iPad.

A hacker group calling itself Goatse Security stated it was able to obtain more than 114,000 e-mail address by guessing which iPad ID codes would be valid. This group stated it contacted AT&T, and would wait until the vulnerability was corrected before going public with this information. On Tuesday AT&T stated this vulnerability was indeed corrected.

As Apple's relationship with AT&T becomes more stressed, AT&T apologized and said it will notify any iPad user who may have had their e-mail address exposed.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was also among the exposed iPad users stated, "It shouldn't be pretty hard to figure out my e-mail address, and if you send me an e-mail and I don't want to read it, I don't open it. To me it wasn't that big of a deal."

AT&T declined to comment on the news that the FBI is now investigating the breach.

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Its a bunch of kids that probably did that or someone who was really bored and wanted to prove how insecure things were. I doubt i was some kind of cyber terror attack.

I love Bloomberg's quote... Nothing like an elected official that doesn't read e-mail from people he doesn't care about (Voters)... LOL

I don't find this to be a huge issue at all. It is a privacy one though and one that shouldn't of happened at all really. On the other hand it is a list of email addresses with associated ipad serial numbers. I'm sure they are all out there somewhere... There wasn't anything more to it.

CoLdFuSi0n said,
Its pretty sad when they talk about this on Canadian news like really who gives a ****?

+1, heard this @$%# in the news in Canada... whatever. It is an email address. Anybody in the spamming business has plenty more than that, including demographics. Since it is Apple, this crap makes headlines.

Quick Shot said,
Could have happened to anyone. I don't see what the big deal is. People had enough time to change their passwords and move on.

Well, there is the whole thing that only e-mail addresses were exposed, not passwords. As such, changing the password pretty much achieves nothing. I don't think it was that big of a deal to begin with, except for the .gov e-mails as everything else would have been easily guessed.