The FBI has opened an investigation to address potential cybersecurity threats after basic information about thousands of Apple iPad users was exposed, a bureau spokeswoman told Main Justice.
At least one Justice Department employee was among the more than 114,000 iPad users who had their information exposed. Gawker reported the list included “staffers in the Senate, House of Representatives, Department of Justice, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, FCC, and National Institute of Health, among others.” A screenshot posted on Gawker’s website also showed a blacked out e-mail address that ended in “@usdoj.gov.”
Two of the Justice Department’s most prominent iPad users are Attorney General Eric Holder and National Security adviser Amy Jeffress, according to Politico. Lawyers said the device is popular within the Justice Department because, in addition to its wide range of applications and features, it can display PDF files.
But the FBI investigation is broad and not specific to the potential security threat from the use of the device by federal employees. The FBI has not issued a warning to employees regarding their use of the device, the spokeswoman said.
The information exposed included e-mail addresses and an ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T’s network, called the ICC-ID, according to Gawker. Most security experts told Gawker there were limited security ramifications to the exposure of the ICC-ID data.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the iPad security breach.