Greyhats had up for AT&T iPad celebrity backdoor slurp breach
Feds prep charges over slab-fondler exposure
The "theft" of email address and personal information of early adopters of Apple's iPad tablet last June is about to become the subject of a criminal prosecution.
The personal details, including phone numbers, of around 114,000 iPad 3G users were obtained from insecure servers maintained by AT&T. Those exposed included celebrities and senior government officials, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Grey-hat hacker group Goatse Security claimed credit for the stunt, which exploited web application security flaws in AT&T's website. One Andrew Auernheimer, 24 (aka Weev), was arrested over the breach days later.
The incident sparked an FBI investigation which is due to result in criminal charges, Reuters reports . The FBI and DoJ will hold a press conference announcing the charges later on Tuesday. ®