Hackers have obtained some email addresses after uncovering a web application on AT&T’s website. This web site returns the user’s email address whenever it sends the written queries. A group hacked these and was named as Goatse. They were using an automated script which was repeatedly querying the site, and then they were easily downloading the email addresses of the users. They then handed these to a website named as Gawker.com.
On Thursday after obtaining the 114,000 email addresses investigation has stated. U.S Federal Bureau is investigating this because of the leak of round about 114,000 Apple ipad users email address. A FBI Spokeswoman said that FBI has opened an investigation to figure out whether this was a crime or not. The FBI is aware of these kind of computer activities and is going to investigate this potential cyber threat.
On Thursday FBI’s Washington Field Officer opened this investigation. She also said that she does not know whether this investigation is going to be started on the request of AT&T or Apple.
Gawker and Goatse said that hackers have downloaded the email addresses of Chief of staff of White House Rahm Emaune, Mayor of new York Michael Bloomberg and also that of Diane Sawyer the anchor of ABC news. The hackers also have had the access to the email addresses of Google, Amazon and Microsoft employees. It is also mentioned that the hackers have the addresses of the U.S military personnel.
Hackers performed this task using thousands of unique numbers. That is called ICC-ID an abbreviation of “Integrated Circuit Card identifier”. These belonged to the iPad users and were added into AT&T Web site.
Hackers used a PHP script for this work as described by the Chief security officer Ed Amoroso of AT&T. He also said that this script performs the breakdown on a new feature of the website that was being used to auto-fill the login form. This feature was added to speed up the things when iPad 3G users wanted to view their AT&T accounts. IT Support