On Wednesday, a security team spoke to Gawker about an AT&T vulnerability it had exploited to gain information about iPad users. As a result of their research, they had obtained what the web is now calling, "the most exclusive email list on the planet." Goatse Security's list includes the email addresses of NYT CEO Janet Robinson, Harvey Weinstein, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Diane Sawyer of ABC News. While the breach was reported to AT&T and the security hole closed, Goatse shared the exploit with third parties and is unsure who took advantage before AT&T had the chance to fix things.
Obviously some names on that list are bigger than others, and no doubt the inclusion of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and other public figures is the reason the Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided to get involved. The FBI yesterday confirmed that it was investigating the data breach.
"The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation to address this potential cyberthreat," an FBI spokeswoman told AFP.
Gawker's Ryan Tate confirmed that the FBI had made contact with Gawker Media last night.
"We can confirm that Gawker Media was contacted by the FBI earlier today and issued a formal preservation notice."