If you're curious -- and you shouldn't be -- goatse
is pretty gross: Don't Google it.
The breach, first reported by the website Gawker, occurred when a group calling itself Goatse
Security hacked into AT&T s iPad subscriber data, obtaining a list of email addresses that also included celebrities, chief executives and politicians.
A hacker group, Goatse
Security, accessed the information via AT&T's site and reportedly shared the vulnerability with others, possibly exposing additional users.
The Web is now peppered with such sites; one of the first to become widely linked-to and referenced was Goatse
, a now-offline site featuring an image of a man using his hands to stretch his anus open.
In its heyday, goatse
was most often used for its shock value: direct people to a website containing it, and revel in their horror.
A member of a group called Goatse security, Auernheimer says he committed no crime because another party, who he will not identify, gave the information about the security flaw to him.
Goatse, on its web site, said AT&T was informed by a third party and Goatse made sure the security hole was patched before going public.
He is a member of Goatse
Security, the hacker group that exposed the security flaw that allowed iPad users' information to be pulled from the AT&T web site.
could not immediately be reached for comment.
com/5560542/fbi-investigating-ipad-breach; On Disclosure Ethics, Goatse
Security (June 10, 2010), http://security.