Over 114,000 Apple iPad owners’ confidential information is said to have been leaked as a result of a web application fault on an AT&T website.
The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s information was compromised.
AT&T confirms the issue in a statement provided to SAI, saying it turned off a feature that exposed the e-mail addresses on Tuesday and is reaching out to customers whose addresses might have been obtained by third-parties.
AT&T closed the security gap, “but the victims have been unaware, until now.”