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AT&T accidentally leaks emails for 114,000 iPad owners

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Jun 2010 12:09 User comments (5)

AT&T accidentally leaks emails for 114,000 iPad owners AT&T has confirmed today that 114,067 iPad 3G owners have had their email information leaked to the Web, with the data being stolen by a group calling themselves Goatse Security.
The group published the emails, which included prominent politicians, celebrities and even military officials.

AT&T says that only email addresses were leaked, however, with any sensitive data like credit card numbers not being compromised.

Reads the AT&T press release: "AT&T was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC IDS. The only information that can be derived from the ICC IDS is the e-mail address attached to that device. This issue was escalated to the highest levels of the company and was corrected by Tuesday; and we have essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses. The person or group who discovered this gap did not contact AT&T. We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained. We take customer privacy very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted."

A few of the most notable emails breached, says Gawker are New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson, Diane Sawyer of ABC News, film mogul Harvey Weinstein, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Goatse Security stole the data through a script on AT&T's website. All they needed to do was insert an ICC-ID as part of the HTTP request and the script returned the email address associated with that device.

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5 user comments

110.6.2010 12:49

Another reason not to buy an ipad.

210.6.2010 13:36


310.6.2010 22:23

And out of the 114,000 people, how many are intelligent enough to avoid fishing emails that will ask them to verify their iPad info and include there credit card numbers and other personal information?

410.6.2010 23:08

Wow...that is a valuable emailing list; 114,000 people who have all paid at least $500 for a trendy toy that they don't have any use for.

511.6.2010 6:47

the best part of this is the company that scammed them are called goatse

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