FBI Contacts Gawker Over Apple iPad E-Mail Leak
The FBI has reached out to Gawker Media as part of its investigation into the AT&T data leak and requested the company hold on to potential evidence in the case. Gawker was the first to publish details of the incident, in which a hole in the AT&T Website was exploited to reveal e-mail addresses belonging to owners of Apple iPad 3G devices.The FBI has reached out to Gawker Media to preserve potential evidence related to the investigation of a leak of e-mail addresses belonging Apple iPad 3G owners. According to Gawker, which broke the news of the AT&T data leak that exposed 114,000 iPad owners' e-mail addresses, the FBI contacted it and issued a formal "preservation notice." The FBI investigation is the latest foil in the case that received public attention when Goatse Security contacted Gawker and provided it with e-mail addresses and proof of its successful exploit.
According to Goatse Security, one of its analysts used a script on AT&T's Website to get an AT&T Web server to cough up details of the e-mail addresses. Some of the addresses belonged to prominent executives and high-profile individuals such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Others belonged to military personnel.