Belfast Telegraph

VIPs who got iPads fall victim to 'Goatse Security' hackers

By Kevin Rawlinson

They thought they were among the lucky few: the VIPs who were the very first to get their hands on Apple's latest gadget.

But those high-ranking military officials, media bosses and even White House staff might now be wishing they hadn't bothered, after an online security breach exposed the personal details of thousands of iPad users.

The email addresses of around 114,000 Apple iPad owners who subscribe via America's second largest mobile phone provider AT&T were hacked by a group that exposes flaws in internet security. Among those believed to have been affected are Harvey Weinstein, the filmmaker, Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York, and Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff.

The New York Times also told its staff to shut off iPad wireless access after learning of the breach, according to a memo confirmed by the company.

The attack, by hackers called Goatse Security, exposed a weakness in a part of AT&T's website used to prompt users' of their email addresses, making it easier for them to log-in via their iPad.

Belfast Telegraph

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