“AT&T Inc., reaching out to iPad users Sunday to explain why their email addresses were released last week, blamed the incident on ‘computer hackers’ who ‘maliciously exploited’ an attempt by the carrier to speed the process of logging in to its website,” Andrew Dowell reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“‘AT&T takes your privacy seriously and does not tolerate unauthorized access to its customers’ information or company websites,’ the company said… AT&T sent the comments in an email to the roughly 114,000 users of the iPad 3G it determined were affected by the incident,” Dowell reports. “The carrier said only users’ email addresses and numbers that identify their devices to AT&T’s network were exposed, and that no other personal or account information was at risk.”
Dowell reports, “Last week’s incident involved prominent officials in companies, politics and the military. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said last week it has opened an investigation into the security breach, but wouldn’t say what the probe will focus on. New York-based Gawker Media said it has been contacted by the FBI to preserve information related to the matter, but said it doesn’t believe it is a target of the probe.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]