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FBI Set To Track AT&T iPad Hackers

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.