Targeting the hackers who pulled 114,000 e-mail addresses out of a hole in AT&T's network
Note to the guys (or gals) who call themselves Goatse Security: If you hack into an AT&T (T) network and discover a lot of Apple (AAPL) iPad e-mail addresses that end in @doj.gov and @us.army.mil, don't go bragging about it to the press.
That's what Goatse Security did, shopping the story, by one account, to Reuters, News Corp, the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle before Gawker Media's Valleywag gossip site picked it up.
Now they're in trouble.
"The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions," a Bureau spokesman said on Thursday, "and have opened an investigation to address the potential cyber threat."
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The e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G owners may have been compromised
According to a report on a Silicon Valley gossip site, Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) have suffered a security breach that has exposed the e-mail addresses of an A-list of early iPad 3G owners, among them White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 9, 2010 7:01 PM ET
"Traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away," says Apple's CEO. "It is."
Kudos to Valleywag's Ryan Tate for posting in full his bizarre late-night alcohol-induced e-mail debate with Steve Jobs, given -- as he is the first to admit -- how bad some of the things he wrote make him look. (He drops names he shouldn't, he can't seem to spell Cocoa correctly, and he'll have hell to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 16, 2010 9:02 AM ET
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