Gawker Contacted by FBI in iPad Security Breach Probe

Gawker Media said Friday on its Valleywag blog that it has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was told to hold on to relevant documents related to a possible security breach of AT&T Inc.’s (T) website that exposed the email addresses of some owners of Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPad devices.

“We can confirm that Gawker Media was contacted by the FBI earlier today and issued a formal preservation notice,” Valleywag said in its post.

Gawker Media publicized the incident Wednesday after being contacted by a small group of computer experts calling itself Goatse Security. The group said it discovered the flaw, explaining that it was able to find the email addresses by guessing numbers that identify iPads connected to AT&T’s mobile network. The group said it uncovered 114,000 email addresses, including those of prominent officials in companies, politics and the military.

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