U.S. investigators set to press criminal charges over theft of AT&T iPad users’ personal info

Apple Online StoreAccording to Reuters, Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, and the FBI plan to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss “criminal charges concerning the alleged theft of email addresses and other personal information belonging to about 120,000 users of Apple Inc’s iPad,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters.

Stempel reports, “Prosecutors said the charges arise from an alleged hacking of AT&T Inc’s servers, which affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T’s 3G network.”

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  1. …notification, I did not receive.

    On the other hand, every time I open mail it fails to send my send mail that’s in the hopper, saying sender name invalid? I check, it’s not. So good luck to those hackers trying to use my broken e-mail.

  2. Everyone who had the iPad 3G at the time when this happened (last spring, late May/early June, I believe) received an e-Mail (I think it was from AT&T). If you didn’t have an iPad back then, you obviously didn’t receive the message either.

    So, in addition to being able to get your e-mail address (the one you gave AT&T when you created that iPad 3G account) from myriad other online sources (various blogs and forums where you post your comments), spammers can now (could back then, when the breach occurred) get that e-mail address from this list.

    Considering how promiscuous our e-mail addresses are these days (as evidenced by the mountains of spam filtered by various anti-spam solutions along the way), this one small breach was inconsequential.

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