Yesterday, Gawker reported on a security problem by AT&T that the telecommunications company admitted exposed the personal data of more than 100,000 Apple iPad owners. Now, MSNBC reports that the FBI is investigating the privacy breach, which could involve the personal data of high-ranking government officials.
The breach, first reported by the website Gawker, occurred when a group calling itself Goatse Security hacked into AT&T’s iPad subscriber data, obtaining a list of e-mail addresses that also included celebrities, chief executives and politicians.
“The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation to address the potential cyber threat,” FBI spokesman Jason Pack said on Thursday.
AT&T, which has exclusive U.S. rights to carry the iPad and the popular iPhone, has acknowledged the security breach but said it had corrected the flaw and that only e-mail addresses were exposed to hackers who identified a security weakness. […]
AT&T said Wednesday that a security weak spot exposed the e-mail addresses — but nothing else — of more than 100,000 iPad users. Only users who signed up for AT&T’s “3G” wireless Internet service were affected.
The problem had to do with the way AT&T’s website prompted iPad users to log onto their AT&T accounts.