The US Department of Justice has confirmed that it is going to bring criminal charges against hackers who have managed to download the details of around 120,000 iPad users on AT&T.
The hack took place last June according to news reports and used a classic brute force attack to break into the secure database of AT&T 3G iPad owners.
The bounty is said to include emails, passwords, first name and last name as well as other personal details. It is feared that because of its status, many of those whose identities have been compromised were high value customers.
Those who have been named include New York Times CEO Janet Robinson, Diane Sawyer of ABC News, film director Harvey Weinstein, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
It is unlikely that the details gathered by the criminals will be used for spamming only and the fact that the FBI and the DOJ are being involved prove, beyond doubt, that there could be much more than merely emails at stake.