“Gawker Media said Friday on its Valleywag blog that it has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was told to hold on to relevant documents related to a possible security breach of AT&T Inc.’s website that exposed the email addresses of some owners of Apple Inc. iPad devices,” Spencer E. Ante and Ben Worthen report for The Wall Street Journal. “‘We can confirm that Gawker Media was contacted by the FBI earlier today and issued a formal preservation notice,’ Valleywag said in its post.”
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote yesterday, Gawker owns Gizmodo, which may or may not explain why their article tries to claim that Apple has suffered an embarrassment when it was AT&T’s security that was breached.
Ante and Worthen continue, “Gawker Media publicized the incident Wednesday after being contacted by a small group of computer experts calling itself Goatse Security. The group said it discovered the flaw, explaining that it was able to find the email addresses by guessing numbers that identify iPads connected to AT&T’s mobile network. The group said it uncovered 114,000 email addresses, including those of prominent officials in companies, politics and the military. Escher Auernheimer, a member of the group, said the group hasn’t heard from law enforcement and that it didn’t do anything illegal.”
“Thursday, FBI spokeswoman Katherine Schweit confirmed an investigation into the incident had been opened. But she wouldn’t comment on what the bureau is looking at. ‘It’s very early in the investigation,’ she added,” Ante and Worthen report. “Wednesday, the AT&T acknowledged that a flaw in its website made it possible for iPad users’ email addresses to be revealed. AT&T said it fixed the security problem by Tuesday.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Whether they realize it or not, Gawker Media seems to have quite the death wish.