Los Angeles – A security problem with AT&T’s (NYSE: T) website has
exposed the email addresses of more than 114,000 owners of Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) iPad,
including those of "dozens of CEOs, military officials and top politicians,"
reports Gawker, which was given the data by Goatse Security, the Web security
group that exposed the AT&T security hole. Gawker reports that AT&T
closed the security hole recently, but not before the leak compromised personal
data from victims who purportedly included White House Chief of Staff Rahm
Emanuel; New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; New York Times CEO Janet Robinson; and movie
producer Harvey Weinstein.
"AT&T was informed by a business customer
on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC IDS. The only information
that can be derived from the ICC IDS is the e-mail address attached to that
device," AT&T told Gawker in a statement.
"This issue was
escalated to the highest levels of the company and was corrected by Tuesday;
and we have essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail
addresses. We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose
e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained.
"We take customer privacy
very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our
customers who were impacted."