AT&T iPad Users Get Hacked

10:45 AM -- Whoops!

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has egg on its face as it admitted late Wednesday that 114,000 3G iPad users, including some big names, had their email addresses exposed in a brute-force hack.

Gawker first revealed the breach, reporting that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and even White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's email may have been compromised, as well as a host of business and media figures. The gossipy blog says that the data was acquired by a group calling itself Goatse Security. [Ed note: Don't bother to Google "Goatse" if you want to keep your breakfast down.]

Here's how the hack worked, according to TNW. Basically, AT&T seems to have taken a simple route to populating its iPad user database and appears to have paid the price.

"We take customer privacy very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted," the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Over 2 million iPads have been sold, according to Apple. It hasn't split out how many are WiFi-only -- and so wouldn't be affected by this breach -- and how many also support 3G.

iPad hacks are not the only security concern that may be on AT&T's mind at the moment. Our sister publication, Dark Reading, found this week that the number of malware and spyware programs found on smartphones has more than doubled in the past six months.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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