E-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad users leaked

If you own an iPad with 3G connectivity, there’s a chance your e-mail address numbers among the 114,067 leaked by a group that calls itself Goatse Security. As Gawker reports, the group managed to obtain iPad user data by exploiting a script on AT&T’s website. The source article at Gawker includes more details about the methodology.

AT&T has since plugged the security hole, but the damage is done. Gawker published a screenshot of the leaked list showing e-mail addresses ending in us.army.mil, darpa.mil, and faa.gov. The site says the CEOs of the New York Times, Time Inc., and Dow Jones, not to mention the President of News Corp. and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, all had their e-mail addresses leaked, as well.

Gawker blames Apple for the snafu. Considering the Mac maker’s recent conflict with Gawker sister site Gizmodo over the iPhone 4 leak, though, perhaps that angle isn’t too surprising. The folks over at CNet News point their fingers at AT&T, quoting "security experts" as saying the problem is "solely related to security on AT&T’s Web site."

CNet also received this statement from AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel:

"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," he said in a statement.
"We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained," he said. "At this point, there is no evidence that any other customer information was shared."

Interestingly, White Hat Security’s Bill Pennington told CNet News that iPad users may not have been the only ones vulnerable to the breach. "I believe this number could identify any 3G device on the AT&T network," he said.

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    • PainIs4ThaWeak
    • 9 years ago


    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    Awful reply fail – posted to the wrong thread!

    And post rate limiter sucks.

    • Spotpuff
    • 9 years ago

    Techreport mentioning goatse… I thought I’d never see the day.

      • kvndoom
      • 9 years ago


      AT&T: iFailed

    • evilpaul
    • 9 years ago

    Goatse Security….LOL.

      • bdwilcox
      • 9 years ago

      I LOL’s too. :o)

      • grantmeaname
      • 9 years ago

      their motto: “exposing gaping holes”

        • Welch
        • 9 years ago

        LMFAO….. “Plugging Security Holes Since 0001 AD”

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago
    • pogsnet
    • 9 years ago
      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      So it must be some windows fanboy doing ?

    • roont
    • 9 years ago

    And if the title had been “114,000 Windows users email address’ leaked.”, everyone woule be bashing microsoft right now.

      • End User
      • 9 years ago

      This is all about AT&T and their screwup.

    • Caveira2099
    • 9 years ago

    That’s exactly why I don’t give my money to Apple. Sure, their products are well designed, but the software is full of (not so hidden) blobs that allow them to control what you can do, including having access to your private data – remember that the can limit features and files on any device.

    Seriously, why pay for such poor service? Pay to be spied and limited? Sure, there are great features along but people don’t see that said blobs _destroy_ any useful feature their phones/pads embed.

    IMHO, Apple, Sony (because of the otheros and features removal of the ps3), Microsoft and every other company that limit what users can do with things they paid for should burn.

    • dustyjamessutton
    • 9 years ago

    Ewwwwww. I just google Goatse. NASTY! lol.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Welcome to the internet, enjoy your stay!

        • 5150
        • 9 years ago

        I think “n00b!1!!1!eleventy!!” is perfectly acceptable for this post.

      • xtalentx
      • 9 years ago

      You should check out lemon party – it’s much more tasteful.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        dustyjamessutton don’t do this.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          You speak from experience.

      • XaiaX
      • 9 years ago

      Here are some other things you probably won’t want to ever google, too.

      2 girls 1 cup
      your mom

        • internetsandman
        • 9 years ago

        you forgot the blue waffle

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Gawker/Gizmodo have gone from LOVING Apple to HATING Apple. They fancy themselves journalists but seemingly refuse to report objectively and have been taking shots at Apple lately for things that aren’t their fault. They also seem to be trumpeting Android phones that a few months ago, they were poo-pooing or pointing out flaws with that suddenly they ignore. I’m all for positive Android reporting, but make it consistent and call a spade a spade.

    • bjm
    • 9 years ago

    “Don’t mess with me punk… I know your e-mail address!”

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, no kidding..


    • pedro
    • 9 years ago

    Goatse Security. Oh dear…

      • Vasilyfav
      • 9 years ago

      Well, they ARE gaping assholes, so at least the name is accurate.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 9 years ago

      If they make the holes more secure, that is going to annoy a lot of …eh, people.

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