Two Are Charged With Fraud in iPad Security Breach
Charges of fraud and conspiracy in obtaining and distributing the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad owners . . .
Federal prosecutors arrested two men on charges of fraud and conspiracy in obtaining and distributing the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G owners.
Those affected by the breach included military personnel, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and employees of NASA and the Department of Homeland Security.
Each man is charged with one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and one count of fraud, according to the United States district attorney’s office in Newark. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Goatse Security group, which the two men are a part of, originally maintained, in an open letter to AT&T in June, that it exposed the security vulnerability on the company’s site to alert it to the problem. The flaw allowed anyone to discover e-mail addresses by submitting potential iPad identification numbers to the site.
No actual e-mail messages were available through the security hole. But AT&T has described the group’s collection of data as “malicious” and has said that it could have exposed customers to spam or fraud.