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Apple iPad Suffers Major Security Breach: Report

The Apple iPad suffers a huge security breach, exposing an A-list of U.S. celebrities, politicians and military brass to hacking.
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Updated from Wednesday, June 9, with statement from AT&T



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and its iPad have been hit by a huge security breach affecting some of the most powerful people in the U.S., according to a report from


early on Tuesday evening.

The iPad breach reportedly has left some of the U.S. military's top brass, Wall Street CEOs, and even President Obama's right hand man Rahm Emanuel vulnerable to malicious hacking and spam marketing. In all, Gawker is reporting more than 114,000 iPad accounts that have been breached.

The latest Apple-related security gaffe extended to a wide range of celebrity iPad accounts that


says were breached, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to New York Times CEO Janet Robinson, Hollywood icon Harvey Weinstein, and Diane Sawyer of ABC News.

The security breach exploited a vulnerability in the network of Apple's iPad partner,


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The alleged iPad breach comes just a few weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, which led to a huge public relations debacle for Apple when it had law enforcement officers storm the home of a tech blogger who ended up with the iPhone.

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A technology company named Goatse Security discovered a loophole in AT&T servers and reported it to AT&T, according to the Gawker report.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from



AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said in an emailed statement the company "was informed by a business customer on Monday of the potential exposure of their iPad ICC IDS. The only information that can be derived from the ICC IDS is the e-mail address attached to that device.

"This issue was escalated to the highest levels of the company and wascorrected by Tuesday; and we have essentially turned off the featurethat provided the e-mail addresses."

Siegel added "we are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained. "

-- Reported by Eric Rosenbaum in New York.

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