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This article was published on June 10, 2010


FBI investigating the iPad security breach

FBI investigating the iPad security breach


Brad McCarty
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Brad McCarty

A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.

I suppose that the question I’ll start off with here is this: if one of the users had not had an @usdoj.gov email address, would this investigation be happening?

The FBI has taken a sudden keen interest into the reported brute force attack on some iPad 3G owners.  According to the information yesterday, some 114,000 iPad users had some limited information about them exposed.

A black hat hacking group known as Goatse Security used brute force to exploit a small security hole and then gain the information.  Though according to reports, there is no immediate danger or risk to iPad users, it is at least something that both AT&T and Apple should investigate.

However, the inclusion of the FBI, I’m certain is in no small part related to a long list of government and military email addresses that were featured as part of the leak.

So far, there’s been no comment from the Justice Department, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks.