Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Data theft: iPad hacker indicted

They hacked into the server of the telecom provider AT & T and to personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners have been stolen. Two suspects have now been indicted. The victims appeared to include celebrities from politics and business. The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two men due to data theft.

They could have hacked in June last year in the U.S. Server Apple partner AT & T, the authorities informed on Tuesday. The men are said to have stolen personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners. Were affected iPad owners who had access to the AT & T wireless network to the Internet.

A vulnerability the hackers had managed to steal e-mail addresses of 114,000 owners of 3G iPad that a mobile phone contract with AT & T had completed. The victims could businessmen, politicians and celebrities are, like the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the then U.S. Chief of Staff at the White House, Rahm Emanuel.

The defendants were in connection with a group called Goatse Security. Lawyers of the defendants could not immediately be reached, a spokesman for Apple and AT opposed opinions. In an e-mail request to Goatse Security confirmed a member of the prosecution, but gave no further information at first.

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