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Criminal charges pending in case of iPad-related data theft

updated 10:25 am EST, Tue January 18, 2011

About 120,000 people affected

Criminal charges will soon be made public in a case of data theft involving the iPad, according to Reuters. The bulk of details are expected to be announced in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, organized by the FBI and the US attorney for the district of New Jersey, Paul Fishman. What is known so far is that the e-mail addresses and other information was taken from a group of approximately 120,000 iPad owners.

Investigators have also revealed that the theft only impacted 3G iPad owners, as the data came from an alleged hacking of AT&T servers. It's uncertain if the incident referred to is one from June, in which a group calling itself Goatse Security poached the names of over 114,000 3G iPad owners, including former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of the hackers, Andrew Auernheimer, was arrested the same month on drug charges.

by MacNN Staff





  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They bought three T_Mobile Phones

    Used my Visa Card that opened AT&T unlimited iPad data plan.
    T-Mobile would not help until Visa got involved.
    AT&T played dumb.
    The charges were removed by Visa but had to go through card reissue dance.
    It happen within two days after opening AT&T account.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    string these people up

    No place for such abusers on this planet.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wrong people

    Shouldn't these people being accused of this so-called 'crime' be suing ATT? I mean, if they didn't leave such a wide-open hole on their servers, they wouldn't have been tempted to download the information and use/sell it.

    h***, maybe they should sue Apple! If Apple made a piece of c*** tablet that no one wanted, then there wouldn't have been data from ATT to steal, which in turn wouldn't have led these upstanding citizens down the wrong path.

    Ha! And you all didn't think anyone could get around to blame Apple for this!

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